The Stanford Seed Transformation Network (STN) Ghana has awarded full scholarships to three brilliant but needy tertiary students to avoid deferral of courses until completion. The full scholarships provided by the newly created STN scholarship fund covers tuition fees, accommodation and other academic-related expenses of the three students selected through a very rigorous and competitive process.
The three beneficiaries are Mark Akavor, Ho Technical University; Theophilus Kuwordu, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA); and Nayla Fasal Ologo, University of Ghana.
This benevolent act falls under the network’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, and is aimed at impacting communities and assisting the next generation of leaders with the right resources to be well-equipped for the future of global connectivity.
President of the STN Ghana, Linda Yaa Ampah, in her remarks stated that in line with the network’s vision to become a catalyst for global impact and contribute to sustainable development goals, it has instituted a mentorship and internship programme to raise the next generation of equipped leaders and entrepreneurs; and over 600 young people have benefitted from this programme in the first year so far.
“Along the same lines, the Ghana Chapter has instituted a scholarship fund to promote the educational aspirations of young and brilliant students at the tertiary level. We are happy to present three scholarship award letters this evening to three deserving students: a student each from the University of Ghana, the University of Professional Studies, Accra, and Ho Technical University,” she said.
Reverend Sammy Adjepong, Chair of the network’s scholarship committee, emphasised that the scholarship scheme was launched last year to help students requiring support to pursue tertiary level education – adding that it will be expanded across other various universities in Ghana over the coming years.
He reiterated the network’s commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal four (SDG-4).
“With this scholarship, I will have a sound mind to study my accounting courses at the UPSA to achieve my dream of becoming one of Ghana’s best-chartered accountants. I feel privileged because it has been my mother’s dream since I was in basic school that I get a scholarship to support my education, as the struggle to ensure I go to school has not been easy. I am very grateful to the STN scholarship management for selecting me, and I pray they expand it to touch more lives,” said Theophilus Kuwordu, a beneficiary.
UNESCO’s Representative to Ghana, Abdourahamane Diallo who presented the scholarship to beneficiaries, commended the network for such an initiative and urged them to continue expanding its reach and impact. He therefore urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of opportunities presented and focus on their studies to reach their full potential.
Launch of STN Business Directory
The scholarship awards presentation was held concurrently with the launch of STN’s updated business directory – which enables individuals and businesses to access a vast catalogue of member-companies spread over 16 sectors of the economy.
Touching on the second edition directory launch, the STN president stressed that the directory will enable users to access member-companies’ profiles and catalogues of services all in one place.
“We recognise the importance of making information readily available to members and the Ghanaian business community without any limitation. The directory allows users to access the contact details of the network’s members. We will constantly update the directory with new information when new members are inducted into the network,” she added.
As a network, the growth of our member-companies and creating the necessary exposure is a top priority. This necessitated the publication of a directory that profiles our members and their businesses. The directory seeks to give further exposure to our member-companies within the Stanford Seed global community, the Ghanaian business community and the global business community at large.
The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed) is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative that is working to end the cycle of global poverty. The network has partnered with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.