MTN Foundation has allocated GH¢100,000 as a scholarship package to reward 10 pre-tertiary for their loyalty to the brand following the attainment of 10 million customers landmark.
The aim of the scholarship, dubbed “MTN 10 Million Subscriber Merit Award” is to support 10 brilliant and needy students in the 10 Regions, while encouraging improved essay writing skills among tertiary institution students.
Speaking at the press launch in Accra on Wednesday, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN Foundation, said her outfit would organise a nationwide essay competition from May 23 to June 16, to select students who would benefit for a full academic scholarship through their tertiary education in selected institutions.
She said entrants needed to be between 18-25 years and a pre-tertiary student who had applied for admission in any selected tertiary institution to qualify.
Mrs Lumor said “One winner will be chosen from each of the 10 Regions and will benefit from a financial aid of GH¢10,000 in support of his or her education. A panel of seasoned judges will review the entries and determine the winners. The announcement of the winners will be made in August 2012.”
The prospective contestants are to write an essay on the topic: “How to manage refuse in Ghana while motivating citizens to keep their environment clean.”
Mr Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, President of Ghana Association of Writers, who is also an appointed judge in the essay competition, observed that the Foundation’s choice of determining winners through an essay competition demonstrated the institution’s commitment towards building the capacity of young people.
“Essay writing demands several skills and competencies and these include the development of analytical abilities, skills in reading, critical thinking, research, and the ability to write under time pressure,” he said.
Mr Gyan-Apenteng said “essay writing skills enable us to gauge students’ level of knowledge and the kind of skills that greatly affect their academic studies and by extension progress in their working life.”
MTN Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of MTN Ghana.
It was established in 2007 and had so far invested more than GH¢7 million into community development projects.
MTN Ghana, the telecommunication service provider, attained its 10 million subscriber base late last year and hit 10.5 million customer subscriptions in April 2012. GNA