MTN Ghana Foundation has taken another giant step by presenting scholarship packages to 100 students in Accra.
This follows the completion of the screening of applications received for the second batch of its Bright Scholarship program instituted for tertiary students.
In all, a total of 2,674 applications were received from all 16 regions of Ghana and the number was pruned to 300 applicants.
The shortlisted candidates were subsequently invited for interviews. The interviews were conducted by an independent panel which comprised academia and accredited human resource personnel.
The panel, after interviewing and verifying information received selected 100 students who will be awarded the MTN Bright Scholarship.
The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, accommodation and a stipend for books and other relevant reading materials for the duration of their studies. The list of successful students has been published in selected newspapers.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony which was held in a grand style at the MTN House, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, said the MTN Bright Scholarship is an initiative that is dear to their hearts at MTN Ghana because of the potential it has in shaping the future and destiny of our youth and ultimately, our dear country.
According to him, across the country, the MTN Ghana Foundation has touched more than four million lives with an amount of over US$13.5m invested in 147 projects,” he disclosed.
“Specifically, through the BRIGHT Scholarship initiative, 300 brilliant students will have access to quality tertiary education.
Out of this, 100 young people will today receive a package which will take care of their tuition, accommodation and a stipend for books and other educational materials.
Last year, the Foundation awarded 100 students from the public universities in the country and in 2020 the last batch of 100 students will be awarded similar scholarships,” he explained.
This he said, MTN will continue to support the youth of Ghana to enhance in order to enhance their productivity.
He, therefore, challenged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the scholarships by dedicating all their time on their studies.
The Deputy Minister of Education In-charge of Technical and Vocational Education, Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo, who graced the occasion applauded MTN Ghana for their enormous contribution towards development in the country especially in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment.
Beneficiaries of the scholarship programme also thanked MTN Ghana for investing in their future and promised the board, management and staff of the telecom company that they won’t disappoint them.
For over 20 years, Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) has awarded over 1000 scholarships to students from basic school to the tertiary level.
Apart from the Bright Scholarship, the Foundation launched the Teacher Improvement Award Programme in 2015.
Since the inception of the programme, 60 teachers have been awarded scholarships to pursue First or Masters degrees at the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba.
Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh