100 students awarded scholarship
Western Union Money Transfer Service providers, Agricultural Development Bank, Ecobank, Ghana Post and Global Access have held their annual Back-To-School Bonanza draw to award 80 million educational scholarship to their patrons countywide. The scholarship scheme that was instituted in 1999, originally awarded 12 million dollars to six beneficiaries. Now there are between 80 to 100 beneficiaries. Fifty are from the northern sector, and another 50 from the southern sector. John Osei Yeboah of Asukwah in the Ashanti Region won the first scholarship prize of 7 million for the northern sector. Osei Kwame of Offinso Central Market, and Patrick Akoweah of Bantama, who won 4 milllion and 3 million respectively, followed him. For the southern sector, Mrs. Freeman of Buduburam won the first prize of 7 million. Akosua Essiamah of Adabraka, first runner-up, and Ernest Osei Karikari, second runner-up, of Mamprobi won scholarships worth 4 million and 3 million, respectively. Ninety-four other patrons also received scholarships ranging from 1 million to consolation prizes. In an address by Alhaji Amadu Muntia of the Bank of Ghana, he commended Western Union for their contribution in supplementing government’s efforts to provide quality education for Ghanaians. He asked them to strive to reach all corners of the country, so as to discourage the patronage of unlicensed money transfer services in Ghana. Alhaji Muntia appealed to Western Union service providers to continue sponsoring the “Back-To-School” Promotion and also consider other ways of spreading and deepening the benefits of the promotion. He asked the beneficiaries of the scholarship grants to strive to excel in their academic pursuits, and not be a waste to society after receiving the scholarship.