MTN Launches BRIGHT Scholarship Reloaded To Support Brilliant and Needy Students

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MTN Ghana Foundation has taken another judicious step by launching the MTN BRIGHT Scholarship reloaded to support brilliant and needy students in public institutions.

Following the successes and the impact of the MTN Bright Scholarship scheme, the MTN Foundation Board decided as part of MTN’s 25th Anniversary celebration, to launch the MTN BRIGHT Scholarship reloaded to award the second batch of 300 Scholarships for another three years (100 per year) ending in 2024.

The scholarship package will cover tuition, accommodation, a stipend of GHS 1,150 per semester and a laptop to facilitate learning.

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh who made this known at the launching of the MTN BRIGHT Scholarship reloaded in Accra, explained that the initiative was dubbed Bright Scholarship reloaded because it is an enhancement of the first package of the MTN Bright Scholarship scheme that was launched in fulfillment of a commitment MTN made to Ghanaians during the commemoration of our 20th Anniversary in 2016.

The first package promised to award 300 scholarships over a three-year period to needy and brilliant students in public tertiary institutions.

By the year 2020, the final batch to complete the 300 scholarships was presented to beneficiaries for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Of the 300 BRIGHT scholars to date, over 119 beneficiaries have graduated. Out of this number, 82 graduated with first-class degrees (70%) with 24 receiving special awards including valedictorians (20%), he revealed.

Since its inception, the response to the scheme has been overwhelming. We have received between 12,000 to 15,000 applications.

Sadly, there are so many brilliant and needy students who are denied tertiary education each year only because they cannot afford it”.

He said, said while the scholarship is open to all, special attention would be given to students pursuing courses in science, mathematics, ICT, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Citing courses like Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Data Analytics, Robotics; and Vocational Skills and Technical Training (both Pre-Tertiary and Tertiary Education Institution).

“We are confident that giving priority to these areas will go a long way in driving our progress as a nation and enhancing the skillset of our students for the future.

Coming out of a global pandemic, we have all realized that there is the need to be adequately equipped with the relevant ICT knowledge, skills, and tools,” he stated.

“The MTN Bright Scholarship is an initiative that is dear to our hearts at MTN Ghana because it has proven to have the potential to shape the future and destiny of young people in Ghana and to be the key to our economic prospects as a country,” he emphasized.

Stressing that, investment in education remains critical to the MTN Ghana Foundation because the company believes that access to education is a must-have in ending extreme poverty.

‘We are excited to support education and hence why through the MTN Foundation, we have implemented over 87 projects and over 1000 scholarships issued since inception.

Since its establishment, the MTN Foundation has touched more than four million lives across education, health, and economic empowerment with an investment of over US$15m in 158 projects,” he hinted.

He, therefore, pledged his outfits to continue supporting the youth by providing opportunities that will enable them to realize their goals and dreams.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Rev John Ntim Fordjour who graced the occasion lauded MTN Ghana Foundation’s investment in the MTN BRIGHT Scholarship Reloaded Program.

Since Tertiary education is vital for the development of human capital, innovation, competitiveness, fostering growth, reducing poverty, and boosting shared prosperity in every economy.

“This is timely intervention because it will equally ease the burden on parents and guardians of these students or even some of the students who are pushing themselves at all costs to finish their Tertiary education,” emphasized.

This will also go a long way to impact the beneficiaries and Ghanaians also complement Government’s Educational agenda.

“Your consistent efforts in supporting Government’s flagship projects that promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGS) is extremely laudable and we are appreciative of your commitment and steps to also support Government’s Ghana CARES Initiative to revamp the economy post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like its Global counterparts, Government will also on its part, provide the enabling and required frameworks to ensure our Education System is constantly relevant in preparing our Youth for the better Ghana we all envisage,” he added.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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