MTN Ghana Foundation has set aside GHS13.5 million for Bright Scholarships.
MTN Ghana Foundation offered scholarships to the first group of 2023 MTN Bright Scholarship recipients at their house in Accra. Another round of prizes will be awarded to recipients on September 8, 2023, in Kumasi.
This year, 120 students from public tertiary institutions will be granted the MTN Bright Scholarship for the academic year 2023/2024. The MTN Bright Scholarship aims to reduce students’ financial burdens by covering the costs of tuition, housing, a stipend for each semester, and a laptop.
In all, MTN Ghana is donating a total of GHS13.5 million to this scholarship programme, with GHS2.2 million set aside for this year’s grantees. The 25th anniversary Bright Scholarship Reloaded prizes will be completed with the final set of prizes under this scheme next year.
Speaking during the presenting ceremony, Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of MTN Ghana, congratulated the scholarship recipients on their selection for the scholarship scheme. “I am personally excited to celebrate you for the exceptional potential that you have been blessed with,” he said, adding, “and it is our objective as MTN to support you in bringing this potential to fruition through the scholarship scheme.”
“As a private sector company in Ghana, we have a collective goal to support our youth and drive education if we are to be relevant as a country in a global marketplace in the future.” “Our hope is in you, and that is why we do what we do,” he continued.
Mrs Mamle Andrews, Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, responding on behalf of the Minister of Education, said, “I say ayekoo to the MTN Ghana Foundation for the initiative.” The MTN Foundation’s purposeful investment in education, with a special focus on female recipients, is worthy of emulation and coincides with the government’s goal to ensure equal access to education for all Ghanaian students.”
Speaking on behalf of the scholarship recipients, David Amega, a student at the University of Education, Winneba, who is also differently abled, thanked MTN Ghana Foundation for assisting him through the MTN Bright Scholarship.
MTN Bright Scholarship was established in 2018 to provide financial aid to disadvantaged students enrolled in public higher institutions.
MTN Bright Scholarship is under the MTN Ghana Foundation’s education focus area, which is one of the foundation’s three focus areas. Aside from the Bright Scholarship project, the Foundation has provided over 1000 scholarships to students ranging from elementary school to university level over the years.
Since its inception in 2007, the MTN Foundation has invested in over 90 educational projects around the country. Among these projects are a 600-bed dormitory block for Tamale Senior High School, a multipurpose library at Dansoman, a Telecom Laboratory for GIMPA, a six-unit classroom block for Nhyiaso Basic School, and a three-unit classroom block for Mangoase Basic School.