By Enock Akonnor firstname.lastname@example.org
The College of Health Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has conferred degrees on 13 beneficiaries of the MTN Bright Scholarship.
They (beneficiaries) were part of a total number of 1,279 undergraduate students of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Public Health and School of Vertinary Medicine, who turned up at the 57th graduation ceremony, held at the great hall of KNUST on Thursday, 16th November, 2023 for the award after satisfying all requirements.
Albert Kwaku Boahin, one of the 13 beneficiaries (School of Medicine and Dentistry) emerged as the Best Graduating Student, MBCHB , Medicine and Surgery.
Inscription on his certificate of achievement, signed jointly by the Provost for the College of Health Sciences, Prof. Christian Agyare and the Dean for the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Prof. Akwasi Antwi-Kusi reads,”…Your hardwork, determination and commitment to academic excellence have enabled you to achieve this significant milestone, and the college of Health Sciences is proud to recognize your achievement”.
According to Robbert Kuzoe (Senior Manager- MTN Ghana Foundation), a total of 30 beneficiaries will graduate across the country this year 2023 alone.
Sharing his testimony on the Bright Scholarship, Emmanuel Koomson-Doctor of Pharmacy narrated that after earning an admission to study Doctor of Pharmacy at KNUST, his parents looking at the situation said “it will be too troublesome for them getting money” to finance him.
Picture- Emmanuel Koomson
” So within me, i was like let me relax and try again next year”, he recalled in an interview with the media on the sidelines of the ceremony.
He mentioned that, days later, a friend sent him a link of the MTN Bright Scholarship. “So I applied”.
Koomson said he later recieved a call from an unknown number, ” telling me he is from MTN and that I have to come to Accra for an interview. So i asked permission from my Boss at an internship at Akim Oda… After a week or so, I received a call that i have successfully gained the scholarship. They joy for me and my parents was very massive.”
Emmanuel Koomson continued in his testimony, saying that ” since then, i didn’t have to call my parents for any fees or anything.
Every semister, my school fees was paid by MTN including hostel fees and they use to give us stipends every semister.
So the scholarship really took a burden off my parents. It was really a game changer. It has really been helpful”.
” The message I have for MTN is that ‘God bless you so much’. In fact if it had not been for you, i wouldn’t know where i would have been right now because they paid my fees from 2nd year to the 6th year without asking me for anything…God bless MTN Ghana. Long live MTN Ghana”.
Picture- Robert Kuzoe (Senior Manager-MTN Foundation)
Speaking to the media, Robert Kuzoe (Senior Manager for MTN Ghana Foundation” charged to beneficiaries to use what they have achieved to impact their society.
About MTN Bright Scholarship
The MTN Bright Scholarship was launched in 2018 to provide financial assistance for needy students in public tertiary institutions.
MTN Bright Scholarship falls under the education, which is one of the three focus areas of the MTN Ghana Foundation.
Aside from the Bright Scholarship Initiative, the foundation has over the years, awarded over 1000 scholarships to students from basic school to tertiary level.
Since the launch of the MTN Foundation in 2007, the foundation has invested in over 90 educational projects across the country.
Some of these projects include the construction of a 600-bed dormitory block for Tamale Senior High School, a multi-purpose library at Dansoman, a Telecom Laboratory for GIMPA, a six-unit classroom block for Nhyiaso Basic School, a 3-unit classroom block for Mangoase Basic School, among others.
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments.
MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus – Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.
From its inception to date, the foundation has undertaken 166 major projects across the country.
This includes 90 education projects, 55 healthcare projects, 15 economic empowerment project, and 6 community support initiatives.