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135 Students Benefit from Maiden Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund

A total of 135 out of 452 applicants qualified for the maiden Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund (VCSF) for brilliant but needy students.

The Scholarship Scheme was launched in 2016 to provide financial support to students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), from low-income background to create an opportunity for them to have access to higher education.

The awards started on Friday 16th March, 2018 where two students were honoured at the Ajumako campus during the Grand Durbar of the Maiden Cultural Week celebration. It proceeded to the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) on March 20th and 21st, 2018 which saw 40 beneficiaries. On Thursday 22nd March, 2018, 13 students received their awards at the Mampong campus whereas the Winneba campus recorded 80 beneficiaries on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March, 2018.

During the Winneba session, the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee and Dean of the Faculty of Science Education, Prof. Asiedu-Addo advised beneficiaries to study hard to maintain their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or better it to keep enjoying the scholarship till completion.   

Addressing the beneficiaries shortly before the presentation in Kumasi, the newly appointed Acting Principal of COLTEK, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo encouraged them to see the award as the important beginnings of their greatness.

“You need to keep working very hard to justify this award. It would be unfortunate if you went to squander this money on things that would not have a direct bearing on your academics. Instead of buying mobile phones and call credit, use this money to buy books and your sustenance while on campus.” Prof. Sarfo admonished the awardees.

The Acting Principal congratulated them for going through the rigorous selection processes and hoped that the token would spur them on to study harder.

Each beneficiary received an amount of GHS 1,000.00 from the coffers of the University. They were among hundreds of the University’s students who applied to the fund during the 2016/2017 academic year.

A couple of years ago, Management of UEW came to the realisation that some brilliant students of the University were facing serious financial challenges that was impacting adversely on their academics. It therefore set up the VCSF, three years ago, as a way of helping out such students and also honouring its responsibility to society.

The scholarship is opened to all students of UEW but candidates must show proof of academic excellence and also indicate clearly that they are in financial difficulties to qualify for the support. Moreover, in order not for awardees to relax on their studies once they win the award, the scholarship has been designed such that they would have to show proof of consistent academic excellence every year in order for the scholarship to be renewed.