The MTN Ghana Foundation on Monday awarded five scholarship packages worth GHc10,000 each to five pre-tertiary students who participated in the Foundation?s 10 Million Milestone Merit Award competition.


The 10 Million Milestone Merit Award scheme forms part of initiatives to show appreciation to subscribers for their loyalty to the MTN brand following MTN?s 10 millionth subscriber milestone attained in November 2011.


The winners, three females and two males, were selected from participants who had applied for admission to pre-selected public tertiary institutions in different regions of Ghana.


Speaking at the event, Mr. Michael Ikpoki, the CEO of MTN Ghana congratulated the students for emerging winners of the highly competitive essay contest.


He said, ?all over the world, thousands of students strive hard to obtain scholarships, especially at higher levels of education due to the high cost of education at that level. These sponsorships will therefore enable the winners to further their education in courses of their choice that will no doubt propel them towards economic empowerment.?


Mr. Michael Ikpoki also commended the MTN Ghana Foundation Board members for their insightful guidance, strategic counsel and approval of life enriching projects all over the country.


Mr. Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, President of the Ghana Writers Association who was also the head judge of the competition said, ?We hope these students will maximize this opportunity and become worthy ambassadors of the Ghanaian youth and of the MTN brand. To MTN, we are grateful that you chose to mark important occasion such as the 10 million subscriber milestone with an academic exercise that will help improve the writing skills of students.?


He however urged all, especially the youth, to develop the habit of reading. According to the Head Judge, the review committee observed that about 95% of the participants of the competition who had cited reading as their principal hobby could not prove that they were really avid readers when they were interviewed.


An excited Ms. Ishak Ngemenensoa, one of the award winners and the only student from the Upper East Region to have participated in the competition, shared her joy. She said, ?I now believe that the GH?10,000.00 award is real. Now with MTN?s support, there will be a success story everywhere I go.?


Shawn Martey, another winner from the Volta region thanked MTN for the support and promised to pursue his education with all seriousness.


A delighted parent, Mr. Obimpeh Quayson, father of Sandra Obimpeh Quayson from the Western region who was also one of the winners, expressed gratitude to MTN for the scholarship award. He said,?the thought of having to raise funds to support Sandra?s education had become a headache for me, especially when I had two other children already in tertiary institutions. This scholarship has therefore come as a great relief to my family.? He urged MTN Ghana Foundation to continue the good work of embarking on projects to enrich lives all over the country.


Although MTN initially set out to award scholarships to ten deserving students made up of one student for each of the 10 pre-selected tertiary institutions across the ten regions of Ghana, entries were not received from all the pre-selected institutions as envisaged. The performance of some of the students also fell below expectations.? As a result, only five scholarships were presented at the first ceremony.


MTN Ghana Foundation remains committed to its promise of awarding a total of ten scholarships. ?A competition targeted at students in the five remaining tertiary institutions – Sunyani, Ho, Bolgatanga, Wa and Koforidua Polytechnics – will be organized to enable the selection of the remaining five students. Details will be announced later.

The 10 Million Merit Award Scheme was launched in May 2012 offering a scholarship package totaling GH? 100,000.00 to 10 brilliant and needy students who had applied to 10 pre-selected public tertiary institutions nationwide.


Participants wrote an essay on the topic, ?How to manage refuse in Ghana while motivating citizens to keep their environment clean.? After reviewing all entries, the best 48 participants were invited for a sit-in examination and an interview session, following which the five winners were selected.


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