Winneba (C/R), June 21, GNA – Vodafone Ghana has presented a cheque for GH¢ 65,000 to the University of Education, Winneba, to fund its Gender Scholarship Selection Scheme.
The money would be used to support brilliant but needy female students pursuing mathematics and science at the University.
The scheme has been instituted by UEW to provide financial assistance to help address the gender imbalance in the academic field.
Since the inception of the scheme in 2003, Carnegie Corporation of New York has assisted with 6 million dollars to promote the education of female students.
By the end of 2013 the Carnegie grant would have supported 247 undergraduate students and 50 postgraduate students.
The scholarship award covers all institutional expenses, some books and stipend.
Presenting the cheque Mr Derek Appiah, Head of Vodafone Business Solutions, said the initiative was in line with Vodafone's brand promise 'Power to you' aimed to empower every citizen in the country.
As a country, he said, it was important to encourage many females into the technical and scientific field.
“We're very happy to be making a contribution to this change. Vodafone believes strongly in gender diversity and we hope the women who have taken the step of entering this male dominated field will continue to pursue careers in this field and make an impact with their contribution”, he said.
Professor Akwasi Asabre-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor of UEW, commended Vodafone for their support saying “it will certainly allow us to enroll more female students in the mathematics and science discipline. We are grateful for your benevolence.”
He appealed to the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity and bring positive impact to the university and the country.