A foundation in honour of the late former Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, has been launched to support needy but brilliant students in Tema-Manhean.
Christened Honourable Ishmael Ashitey Foundation (HIAF) Academic Excellence Scholarship, it was initiated to help citizens of Tema Manhean attain university education.
The GH¢5,000 scholarship would be awarded each year to three qualified applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and would be renewed each year for up to 4 years so long as a student remained a full-time student and maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.
Beneficiaries should be citizens of Tema-Manhean, and students of Manhean Senior High Technical School (MANSECTECH) and must show proof of excellent academic results
The application would open on November 1, 2022, and close on February 1, 2023, on hiaflbg.com
Speaking at the launch on Tuesday in Tema, Executive Director of HIAF, Sheba Ashitey, said the scholarship scheme was established to help nurture and grow potentials within the youth of Tema Manhean.
She said it also sought to break the financial barrier that made university education seem unattainable to some students.
According to Sheba Ashitey, the scheme would be funded with proceeds from Mr Ashitey’s funeral as well as local and international donors.
She said it was also created to continue the legacy of the former politician, who had the desire to support needy but brilliant children.
“Ishmael Ashitey had love for learning and we were lucky that he passed that on down to us. We are grateful for the opportunity to pass it on to the community that he loved”, Sheba Ashitey added.
She said beneficiaries of the scholarship would have mentors to guide them through their education.
Sheba Ashitey said “knowing that being a first-generation college student can be difficult and isolating experience, the mentorship would give the scholars support system and confidence necessary to thrive in their educational pursuits.”
She was hopeful that the scholarship would become an open door to new opportunities for the youth of Tema Manhean.
Assistant Headmaster-Academic of the MANSECTECH, Jacob Obuobi, commended the Ashitey family for the effort to assist needy but brilliant students attain higher education.
FROM KEN AFEDZI, TEMA