Cursory: Many brilliant students have achieved stellar results in their final examinations but need support to attain their dream of a university education abroad. Some do not come from families in extreme poverty but need assistance in the form of scholarships to further their education.
Poverty, the number one cause of most of the ills in life and the society. It has driven many to abandon their morals, taken the lives of many and even, thwarts dreams like furthering ones education, no matter how brilliant there. Most of these scholars abandon their dreams while some are lucky enough to get scholarships through prayers and hardwork.
Poverty remains a stubborn fact in countries like Ghana, where many households’ ability to pay fees for tertiary education, especially for the needy who have excelled in their examinations, remains a burden due to costs.
In 2020, President Akufo-Addo directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to grant a full scholarship to Thomas Amoani, an alumnus of Adeiso Senior High School.
The prodigy obtained 8As in the 2020 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) but needed support to further his studies. His plight had made the rounds on social media before the president intervened.
Like Amoani, scores of brilliant Ghanaians who needed assistance to climb the higher education ladder have received scholarships to further their studies at either universities in the country or outside.
Below is the highlight of the difficulties of brilliant but financially constrained individuals, including Thomas Amoani, who received scholarships to study in universities outside the nation.
1. Thomas Amoani formerly of Adeiso SHS with 8As in WASSCE was given a scholarship from Akufo-Addo to a UK university:
Amoani scored As in all the eight subjects he sat for in the 2020 WASCCE but was faced with reality as his parents could not afford his university education. Not long after WAEC released the result of the 2020 WASSCE, his stellar results made the rounds on social media, earning him publications and attention.
The prodigy mentioned in an interview that he had to walk six kilometres from his home in Asuaba to attend classes at Adeiso SHS every school day in the Eastern Region. Luck smiled at Amoani when his story caught the attention of President Akufo-Addo, who directed that he should be given a full scholarship for his tertiary studies. Amoani started his studies at Brunel University in London, UK, in 2021, as promised by the government, Peacefmonline reported.
2. Francisca Lamini Gets Admission Into Harvard Medical School:
The young lady, Fransisca Lamini, received a fully-funded scholarship to study at Harvard Medical School after passing her WASSCE with flying colours.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana made the prodigy’s milestone public in a Facebook post. The 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) genius had made history as the first female student to reach the grand finale of the NSMQ in the last eight years before she earned straight 8As in the 2021 WASSCE.
Lamini is said to be the daughter of parents with a humble financial background. The Ketasco alumna recently obtained straight As in her first exams at Harvard College in the US.
3. Ghanaian named Benedict Asare lands fully funded scholarship to study at the University of East Anglia in the UK:
Benedict Asare gained admission to study in the UK after trying to acquire funding for years.
In a LinkedIn post, he disclosed that he had bagged a fully funded scholarship to further his education at the University of East Anglia in the UK. Benedict said that during the waiting period, he picked up farming to keep busy.
”People used to call me the farmer in the suit. I farm during the weekdays and the weekends, I slid into my suit and have a good time. I know it’s been a while since I posted something about farming. I haven’t stopped, I just paused and want to go into research. I started that journey at the University of East Anglia, The Sainsbury Laboratory. Wish me well and let’s make agriculture a good secure adventure,” he said.
Without the scholarship, Asare could not have funded his education in the UK when he received admission to study due to financial constraints.
4. Enoch Boafo Amponsah gets a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholarship:
Enoch Boafo Amponsah celebrated bagging a prestigious scholarship to study at Weidenfeld-Hoffmann in the UK.
It was reported that he revealed that he was the only Ghanaian selected among 35 scholars from 25 countries for the scholarship. Boafo comes from a family with a humble economic background. In a post to celebrate the milestone, he said:
“Seven years ago after my senior high school education, if anyone had told me that I will be in the best university in the world, I would have laughed, but God in His perfect timing “engineered” my journey to get me this far. ”Indeed, He makes all things beautiful in His time. I got here because I stood on the shoulders of giants (close family & friends) whose immense support & sacrifice I don’t take for granted. I’m poised for what is ahead and more confident in God’s plan in my life.”
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