The future is built on education
Thirteen young Ghanaians can look forward to the new academic year without worrying about how their school fees will be paid, thanks to Bayport Ghana’s bursary scheme.
The 2014/15 academic year is the seventh year that Bayport Ghana awards scholarships to outstanding but needy students. The benefi ciaries are selected based on their performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which students write at the end of their junior high school education. Bayport Ghana works with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) to select the bursars.
The scholarship covers all the students’ expenses, including school fees, books, welfare and PTA dues. Accommodation is also covered for those in tertiary institutions. “A student or ward of teachers, who performs well can receive a scholarship for their full seven to eight years of senior high school and tertiary education,” says Kofi Adu-Mensah, Managing Director of Bayport Ghana. “With this amazing package, Bayport genuinely supports the wards of our teacher customers.”
Ghana is divided into 10 regions and in the past Bayport selected one scholarship beneficiary per region. During the fi fth year of the scheme, the then GNAT general secretary asked Bayport Ghana to consider increasing the number of beneficiaries to two per region. “We indicated our willingness to do so but on a gradual basis,” says Kofi . The result of this decision is that in addition to the 10 long-term scholarships, Bayport Ghana now also awards three one-off bursaries, to the value of one thousand Ghana cedis, to three talented students.
Among the 60 students already studying with Bayport Ghana scholarships, Adolph Edem Awutey stands out as a remarkable success story. Adolph is in his final year at the University of Ghana reading economics and statistics. Coming from a poor community in the Volta Region, Adolph did so well in his BECE exams that he gained admission into Achimota School, one of the top senior high schools in Ghana. Two years ago, Bayport management gave Adolph a Samsung Notebook to assist him in his studies and in 2013 he did an internship at the Kokomlemle Branch. In addition to his university studies, Adolph is currently doing a professional course in management accounting, also with Bayport Ghana’s assistance. He aspires to be an economist when he completes his education.
Like Adolph, most of the Bayport Ghana scholarship bursary benefi ciaries at various universities apply to undertake their internship or National Service with Bayport Ghana.
“The scholarship scheme is Bayport Ghana’s investment in our country’s future,” says Kofi . “The scheme is aimed at encouraging brilliant students in deprived areas to get a quality education and we are pleased with the results we see.”