HESS-GNPC offer academic lifeline to 125 needy Students in W/R
One hundred and twenty-five students from the six coastal districts of the Western Region have benefited from the sixth edition of the joint HESS Ghana Exploration Limited and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) scholarship program.
The costal districts are Sekondi-Takoradi, Shama, Ahanta West, Nzema East, Jomoro and Ellembelle – the scholarship scheme was designed to lend a life-line young brilliant but financially handicapped students, to pursue their education and training in Senior High Schools, Technical and Vocational as well as Health Institutions.
The launch of this year’s scholarship program, which was instituted in 2012, brings the total number of beneficiaries to 646 students.
The HESS-GNPC programme offers brilliant but needy students full scholarships, covering the cost of school fees, including examination fees and boarding expenses, books and academic materials and kits billed by the schools. The programme also gives beneficiaries stipends for subsistence throughout the duration of their three-year programme.
Speaking at this year’s launch of the scholarship award ceremony in Takoradi, Mr. Emmanuel Asmah, Finance Manager of HESS Ghana Exploration Limited, explained that following the free SHS policy announced by the government this year, the programme has had to evolve to provide all that will be needed by qualified students except the fees, with a strong emphasis on mentoring and counselling of scholarship holders so as to improve their overall quality.
Mr. Asmah said innovative scholar mentoring mechanism such as a colour coding system provides the students with an in-depth and up to date snapshot of their academic performance on a termly basis.
“All these have contributed to making HESS-GNPC scholars excellent and at the top of their respective classes”, he noted.
He challenged the new HESS-GNPC scholars to keep raising the bar for academic performance and discipline in their various schools and become good examples in their various communities.
Mr. Asmah said HESS takes its social responsibility very seriously and that it is in line with that commitment the HESS-GNPC Scholars Programme was created.
The programme initially started in three Nzema districts but following the marked success of the programme and the positive response of the partner communities, it was extended to cover all the six coastal districts of the Western Region.
Dr. Patrick Kwaku Ofori, Sustainability Manager of GNPC announced that, GNPC is offering scholarships to over 500 Ghanaians to pursue courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the tertiary levels under the GNPC Foundation – 200 out of the 500 beneficiaries will come from the Western Region.
This, he explained will help the smooth continuation of potential scholars after their second cycle education and continue to the tertiary level without any hindrance.
“I challenge you to maintain the excellent standard and possibly surpass the excellent academic performance of previous scholars - we expect nothing less than dedication and higher commitment to your studies above your contemporaries”, he said.
Mrs. Eugenia Gifty Kusi, Deputy Western Regional Minister commended HESS Ghana and GNPC for complementing the effort of government in making free SHS accessible to all who qualify.
“The Western Regional Coordinating Council is proud to be working in close partnership with HESS and its partners in providing educational support to people of the region in the coming years”, he added.
Awulae Annor Agyeii III, Paramount Chief of Benyin and co-chair at the award ceremony, said the intervention by government and HESS-GNPC should encourage parents and guardians to provide all the necessary materials that will be needed for beneficiaries at their various schools.
“Basic things such as pens, books, socks, tooth brush, sandals among others will have to be provided by you, the parents and not the government or the benevolent companies”, he said
Nana Kubina Nketsia V, Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area encouraged the beneficiaries to take their studies seriously to encourage others in the coastal districts to also benefit from the HESS-GNPC Scholarship in the future.