Four University of Ghana (UG) students comprising two males and two females have been awarded full scholarships by Ernst and Young Ghana (EY) at a short ceremony held at the Student Financial Aid Office, University of Ghana main campus.
Christine Baning, Head of the Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) extended hearty congratulations to the beneficiaries for emerging winners considering the rigorous selection process they had to go through.
Eligible candidates who were chosen from the 2018/2019 academic year were expected to earn and maintain a minimum grade point of 3.0, demonstrate financial need, be brilliant and satisfy other conditions spelt out in the policy.
She reported that the four beneficiaries were selected out of 245 applicants.
In brief remarks, Susan Sam, Head of Human Resource, Ernst and Young Ghana indicated that the aim of the scheme was to give scholarship opportunities to brilliant but needy students.
Potential beneficiaries, according to Ms. Sam, are mainly students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines adding that even though male students are eligible, female students are highly encouraged to apply for the scholarship.
“This is a full scholarship which covers educational expenses including academic, residential fees, stipend and feeding allowance to enable the students to concentrate solely on their academic work and produce excellent results,” Ms. Sam noted.
She was elated that Ernst and Young Ghana, a multinational company which specialises in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services has decided to donate an amount of GH¢ 23,493.00 to four beneficiaries of its maiden scholarship scheme.
She gave the assurance that as part of the package, beneficiaries will be offered internship opportunities in order to introduce them to the corporate world.
Dr. Francis Adzei (Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana) who represented the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) in brief remarks expressed sincere gratitude to Ernst and Young Ghana for the kind gesture and urged other organizations to emulate this shining example of supporting needy but brilliant students of the University to realise their academic goals.
He further charged the beneficiaries to reward this kind gesture by living up to expectation and dedicating quality time to their studies in view of the fact that they will forfeit this juicy opportunity if they fall below the required grade point.
Present at the ceremony were Madam Afua Asante, Head of Legal Department, Ernst and Young Ghana; Mrs. Mavis Osafo Adu, Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs Directorate, staff of the Student Financial Aid Office and Ernst and Young Ghana respectively and the media fraternity.
Established in August 2005, the University of Ghana sees the operation of the Student Financial Aid Office as strategic and an integral part of its programmes as it enables needy but brilliant students to access university education.
Financial aid is available to Ghanaian students and is intended to remove the cost barriers that may prevent one from pursuing one’s educational goals
Beneficiaries of the various scholarships offered by the University must be Ghanaian citizens, be enrolled as a regular student in a full-time programme of study, be able to demonstrate financial need, be brilliant and be making excellent academic progress as determined by the University in order to be in good standing or else forfeit the scholarship.