2nd October, 2019 |
31 students of the University of Profesional Studies, Accra have been awarded scholarships to pursue various degree programmes through the Vice-Chancellor Endowment Fund (VCEF).
This is the second batch of beneficiaries to be awarded since the establishment of the VCEF which seeks to support brilliant but financially-challenged students with scholarships.
The awardees include 11 renewed applicants and 20 first-time applicants. The scholarship covers full-tuition for the 2019/20 academic year and recipients are eligible for reapplication based on their academic performances within the stipulated year.
Speaking at a brief ceremony on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, to announce the winners for the 2019 edition, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed, said the selection of candidates was carried out in a fair and transparent manner taking cognizance of gender, educational level and programme pursued by the student.
He explained that applicants were also taken through rigorous selection process which included an interview session and performing due diligence on their backgrounds, academic claims and proof of financial status.
Dr Mohammed further revealed that out of the 50 applications received this year, the committee awarded 31 scholarships - a figure which represents over 60 per cent – the highest in-take by any scholarship scheme.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Charles Barnor, in espousing the link between education and poverty, said the university through its VCEF initiative was marginally contributing to poverty alleviation in the country. He explained that students who hitherto would have been pushed out of higher education due to dire financial needs can now have some respite in the VCEF.
Prof Barnor, therefore, urged the beneficiaries to also reciprocate the kind gesture shown them by the University by identifying areas they can, in turn, support the development of the institution and their communities as a whole.
“Today, you have had the opportunity to be given this scholarship but it also brings an additional responsibility on you. Not only must you maintain or improve upon your academic performance; but also ask yourself, what are you also going to contribute to the development of this university and the community you live,” he said rhetorically.
A Board Member of the VCEF, Prof Nana Owusu-Frimpong, who also doubled as the Chairperson for the awards ceremony, reechoed the importance of the fund saying: “the introduction of the Vice-Chancellor Endowment Fund has had positive impact on beneficiaries. During the 11th Congregation of the university last academic year, one of the beneficiaries was adjudged the best graduating student from the Faculty of Management and I am reliably informed that there are quite a few more in line to overturning that feat this year.”
Last year, a total of 20 students benefited from the scheme and the management of the university has announced its willingness to increase the number to 55 as the institution commemorate its 55th anniversary next year.
Click here for the full list of the awardees this year.
About the VCEF
The Vice-Chancellor Endowment Fund is an investment fund established by the University through the brainchild of the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey. The fund receives third-party donations as well as contributions from the university community with the sole objective of supporting brilliant but financially-challenged fresh and continuing students through the provision of scholarships tenable for training in any programme at the university.
The fund since its establishment in 2017 has awarded over 50 students with full-tuition scholarships.