Academic excellence pave way for so many opportunities, a major determinant of tertiary education entry or refusal. Education comes at a cost; a cost which cannot be easily borne by everyone. Opportunities have therefore been created by certain institutions and individuals to enable such people get the education they need with less burden.
As an applicant to a tertiary institution such as KNUST, it is good to be aware of such scholarship opportunities to take full advantage of them. There are a couple of scholarships available to a KNUST applicant who meets basic admission requirements. Some of them are the MasterCard Foundation scholarship, the Edu Fondazione scholarship, the Educational Pathways International scholarship, and others. It can be life-changing to be aware of the existence of such scholarship opportunities.
The MasterCard Foundation
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme is a scholarship scheme not just to support brilliant but needy student financially but also to work on their emotional and career development.
It is available to all prospective students who meet the admission requirements of KNUST with WASSCE, GBCE, ABCE or GCE O’ level or A’ level or something equivalent from an accredited institution. A proof of need is also important under such scholarship schemes. Priority is given to the disabled, females and people struggling to get a home. An online form must be printed, completed and submitted preferably through EMS or any other mail courier addressed to the office of the dean of students, private mail bag. Use https://mcf.knust.edu.gh to access more information on the MasterCard Scholars Program.
Edu Fondazione Scholarship Scheme
Another scholarship scheme to consider applying for is the Edu Fondazione scholarship scheme. It is available to full-time or regular Ghanaian students who are hardworking and brilliant but are living through an economic crisis. Such scholarship schemes require that a prospective beneficiary should not be benefiting from another scholarship scheme. The idea is to keep more opportunities open to others who might also require such support.
In addition to application forms which must be downloaded, printed, and completed, other documents such as admission letter, acceptance letter, high school transcripts, WASSCE Certification, and a recommendation letter are to be sealed and submitted to the Student Affairs and Financial Services office (room 19/20) at the Dean of Students J. Harper Building at the commercial area on KNUST campus. Such schemes do not tolerate late submissions. Proof of need is obviously required to deter prospective applicants who might not need any kind of financial support from applying. Scholarship schemes in KNUST do not require any upfront payment of money for the application so it will be wise to be on the lookout for fraudulent people who intend to hijack such opportunities to enrich themselves. Use http://www.fondazioneedu.org/en/activities/ghana/ to acquire more information on this scholarship scheme.
Educational Pathways International
Educational Pathways International also offers a very attractive scholarship scheme to aid needy but brilliant students in their pursuit of a good tertiary education. It is opened to full-time or regular Ghanaian students in the first or second or third year. Just like the Edu Fondazione, this scholarship scheme does not allow beneficiaries of other scholarship programs to apply. Also, the same documents under the Edu Fondazione scholarship scheme are required of a (prospective) first-year student which are to be submitted to the Student Affairs and Financial Services room in the J. Harper building. For a continuing student, a transcript of current results is required in place of high school results or transcripts. The minimum grade for a (prospective) first-year student is a WASSCE grade of nine and a minimum achievement of second class upper for continuing students. For further information use www.educationalpathwaysinternational.org.
All this further justifies the implication that such scholarship schemes are created for students with economic hardship but are hardworking and brilliant. Such scholarship schemes are mostly available during the long summer recess period between second semester and first semester (between June and October).
Other scholarship schemes available at KNUST are the Standard Chartered Scholarship, the KNUST-Tullow tertiary scholarship (for Engineering students), Empowering Africa Inc. full-tuition scholarship, and others that are being introduced from time to time.
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The best place to find notice of such opportunities is at the Dean of Students J. Harper building (notice board). Further inquiries can also be made at the Student Affairs and Financial Services office (room 19/20).
Source: Hypercitigh.com | Sebastian Annan Otoo