MTN Ghana Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of telecommunication giants, MTN, yesterday awarded scholarship packages to a total of one hundred (100) brilliant and needy students to pursue various degree courses in public tertiary institutions across the country under its Bright Scholarships Scheme.
The MTN Bright Scholarship falls under education, which is one of the three focus areas of the MTN 1,500 applications across the country since it was launched.
The company noted that beneficiaries were selected from all 10 regions of Ghana with the scholarships covering the cost of tuition, accommodation and a stipend for books and other relevant reading materials.
According to the telecommunication giant, the beneficiary students between April 3 and May 3, 2018 applied for the scholarship, adding that 100 scholarships are up for grabs every year for the next three years.
Congratulating the winners of the Bright Scholarships, the Board Chairman of MTN Ghana Foundation, Prof Franklin Manu, wished the awardees an exciting and fulfilling educational journey.
He stated that the Foundation would continue to commit resources to support initiatives such as this to enhance capacity building.
He noted that “over the years, MTN identified the crucial role funding plays in helping brilliant and needy students to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
“In view of that, MTN Ghana Foundation makes the conscious efforts to ease that burden by awarding scholarships such as the MTN Bright scholarships to enable these students to complete their education,” he added.
The commencement of the Bright Scholarships is in honour of the promise MTN made to Ghanaians during the commemoration of its 20th Anniversary in 2016.
For over 20 years, the Foundation has awarded over 1000 scholarships to students from basic school to tertiary level.
Aside from the Bright Scholarship, MTN Ghana 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 Education, Winneba.
Since the launch of the MTN Foundation in 2007, the company said the Foundation has invested in over 82 educational projects across the country.
Some of these projects include a boys’ dormitory block for Akropong School for the Blind, a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, eight-unit dormitory block for Owerriman SHS, a three-unit classroom block for Akatsi, 108- seater library at Tsito Senior High School and the provision of over 1000 scholarships for needy and brilliant students across the country.
Story: Prosper A. KWAKU SALASSY