55,000 Ghanaian students to be offered scholarships according to graphiconline
The Scholarship Secretariat will provide scholarships to 55,000 students who sought for scholarships in the 2021-2022 academic year, allowing them to pursue post-secondary education.
Those who applied using the district-based online (digitized) method in their respective districts are among the recipients.
Tuition and other expenses for beneficiaries studying at the diploma, degree, and doctorate levels have already been granted GH85 million.
Mr Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat, said this yesterday in Accra when he launched the district-based scholarship application portal.
According to Mr Agyemang, the portal for the 2021/2022 academic year will be open for local tertiary applications from yesterday and will remain open for 21 days before closing on July 21, this year.
Those who were unsuccessful or were unable to apply in the 2020/2021 academic year would be able to apply in the 2021/2022 academic year after completing only four steps of the application procedure, he added.
He added the Vice-President will shortly launch an industrial fair project, in which scholarship recipients would get internship training at various One-district, One-factory companies in their respective districts, as part of the secretariat’s effort to connect academics and industry.
The registrar further said scholarship beneficiaries who would undergo the internship during vacation would be given stipends equivalent to what was received by national service personnel.
Last year, 233,830 applications were submitted on the www.schalarshipgh.com platform, with 113,025 students being shortlisted and interviewed, and 47,000 students being granted scholarships.
They subsequently received their award letters and scholarship fees totaling GH¢65 million.
An applicant must first make an account at www.scholarshipgh.com via a web browser, then fill out the online application form and take an online aptitude exam, all through the system, after which a code will be created for him or her. The candidate would then receive an SMS alert stating where and when he or she would be questioned at his/her district.
The computerized application method, according to the registrar, was the idea of Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who felt that technology should be utilized to extend social interventions to provide chances to all, regardless of where they originated from.
“In previous year’s application, there was a significant difference between successful and failed candidates. This confirms that those 47,000 kids would not have benefited from the program if it hadn’t been for the Vice-tireless President’s efforts,” he added.