The Fondazione Edu Scholarship Foundation Scheme Meets Graduates

Officials of Fondazione Edu Scholarship and UG Officials in a Photograph after the meeting with the Pro-Vice Chancellor

Two officials of the Fondazione Edu Scholarship Scheme from Italy have paid a courtesy call on Prof. S. Kwame Offei, the Pro-Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA). The officials were in the university to interview and recruit more students on to the scholarship as well as interact with graduates and continuing students of the scholarship.

Prof. Kwame Offei extended his appreciation on behalf of the University to the Fondazione Edu Scholarship Foundation for the partnership that has existed between the university and the foundation over the years. He was impressed at the donors’ active participation in the selection process of student beneficiaries saying that it motivates and inspire students to work hard knowing they are being monitored. He further commended the Students Financial Aid Office (SFAO) for the hard work in ensuring all processes and requirements are met. He finally advised that a structure be put in place to monitor students after their graduation.

Mrs. Christie Baning, the Head of the Students Financial Aid Office (SFAO), said the Fondazione Edu Scholarship Foundation has been in partnership with the University for the past five years, beginning from the 2013/2014 academic year. She said representatives from the foundation attended the November 2017 Congregation ceremony to celebrate the graduation of two student beneficiaries from its first batch of graduates. The other four student graduated earlier in July. Mrs. Baning was however sad to disclose that many students could not stay on the scholarship as they could not maintain the grade requirements and had to drop out of the programme.

Miss. Valentine Mutti, an official of the Fondazione Edu Scholarship Foundation disclosed that University of Ghana is the first university the foundation chose to partner with since its inception and later included Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology after two years of satisfactory experience from the University of Ghana. She expressed the hope that the bond established with the SFAO would grow stronger. She commended the university on the congregation ceremony saying that the Italian universities will need to learn from Ghana.

Miss. Clara Piaggo, another official of the Fondazione Edu Scholarship Foundation congratulated the six graduates who are now the first batch of alumni for the foundation. She again congratulated the continuing students for meeting the grade and staying on the scholarship as the scholarship has strict grading systems. She encouraged them to work hard to remain on the scholarship.

Officials from Fondazione Edu Scholarship in a Photograph with some Beneficiaries and UG officials 

Prof. Francis Nunoo, Dean of Students who was the chairman for the ceremony said in his remarks that donors like Fondazione Edu Scholarship Scheme help make the university’s hope of making education accessible to all possible. He further advised the graduates of the scholarship scheme to be selfless and continue their education in the pursuit of striving for high positions so as to make great impact and influence not just their societies or country but the world. He then encouraged continuing students to be inquisitive and desire to know more by asking questions in class. He them of the need to work hard to stay on the scholarship just as the graduates have done.

Mrs. Stella Amoa, Director of Public Affairs also congratulated the first batch of graduates of the scholarship scheme, admonishing them to emulate the actions of their benefactors and help those in need in their own small way. She also encouraged the continuing students to engage in internship and volunteer programmes in order to support themselves in addition to the support they are receiving. She commended for their active involvement in the lives of the students, noting that some donors have no knowledge about those benefiting from their scholarship scheme.

Certificates and t-shirts were presented to the graduates. The graduates in turn presented a citation to the Foundation. The Dean of Students on behalf of the university presented a gift to the foundation. Those who graduated from the scholarship were Godfred Osei Kwame, Simon Yeboah, Mark Tetteh, Benjamin Baba Ayamga, Richard Boateng and Essel Thomas Yaw Ayensu.

A group Photograph after the meeting  with student beneficiaries