MTN Ghana Foundation has made a presentation of scholarship awards to 50 beneficiaries under the Bright Future Scholarship in the country’s northern sector.
The beneficiaries are part of 100 brilliant but needy students who were selected from the various public institutions out of over 1,600 applications.
The scholarships will cover tuition, accommodation, a stipend of GH₵1,150 per semester and a laptop computer to facilitate learning.
The 100 beneficiaries include 38 females, 62 males and three persons with disability. Special attention will be given to students from the newly created six regions, persons with disability and students offering courses in the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) field.
Giving remarks during the presentation, Mr. Koranteng noted that the presentation is for the first batch of the Bright Scholarship Reloaded for the next three years, whereby 300 brilliant but needy students are expected to be awarded scholarships to pursue various programmes.
“Following approval by the board, MTN Bright Scholarship Reloaded was launched with its own dynamics – considering the demand for scholars and professionals in STEM. Special emphasis was placed on selecting the students pursuing STEM courses, Science, Technology, Engineering, mathematics data and robotics, vocational skills and technical skills training; physically-challenged persons interested in pursuing ICT and computer science courses; and students from the newly created Oti, Western North, North East, Savannah, Ahafo and Bono East Regions.
“The MTN Ghana Foundation board once again approved the award of 300 scholarships – for another three years ending 2024 – to brilliant but needy students in public institutions. MTN Ghana foundation is poised to award 100 scholarships for each year,” he said.
Mr. Sam Koranteng further explained that this initiative by MTN Ghana Foundation is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility and a commitment to being an enabler of both human and socio-economic progress and development.
He further urged beneficiaries to make the most of their scholarships to study and become the best in their field.
“This scholarship will help ease the financial burden faced by these students and their parents, so they have their peace of mind to complete their education.
“I would like to encourage these students that the scholarship is a vote of confidence in their abilities and vision; a statement that despite the seeming challenges we find ourselves facing, MTN has taken that step to support you for your collective progress,” he added.
Mr. Sam Koranteng, a member of the MTN Ghana Foundation, further noted that MTN Ghana Foundation has over the years invested over US$15million in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
In this regard, MTN has built several schools, refurbished hospitals and has been impacting over 4 million Ghanaians directly and another million others indirectly.