UHAS launches Dora Gertrude Quaye Scholarship Scheme

The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) yesterday launched a 20,000 Euro “Dora Gertrude Quaye Scholarship Scheme” to provide financial support to needy but brilliant students.

The fund which is an award won by Professor Margaret Gyapong, Director, Institute of Health Research, donated to UHAS for her achievement in honour of her mother Dora Gertrude Quaye, aimed at serving as motivation for the young mothers and mothers-to-be.

The university, therefore, used the initiative to institute a lecture to be known as Professor Margaret Gyapong Annual Mentorship Programme for Female Students & Academics.

The maiden lecture which was held yesterday at UHAS brought female students from Mawuli School, OLA Senior High, Mawuko Girls Senior High, Sonrise, Sokode Secondary Technical School, lecturers and students of UHAS.

Professor Esi Awuah, Foundation Vice Chancellor of University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) who gave the maiden lecture on the theme: “Harnessing the potential of today’s girl-child for the future”, noted that the girl- child is such a delicate thing that should be protected and encouraged.

“Therefore we need to guide these young girls that they do not just make choices in their careers, but are able to be accountable for their choices,” she said.

She continued that every girl-child should be allowed to have a full benefit of her potentials just like their male counterparts.

“These are girls who will change the dynamics of not only their families but Ghana as a whole.

We would make it our duty to ensure that they are safe and protected from all forms of harm, danger and violence and this include child marriage.”

“To our girls, take time, make education your focus and be careful not to get yourselves into any trouble,” she counselled.

Prof. Esi Awuah was grateful to UHAS for instituting the fund, which would help strengthen the role in educating needy but brilliant girl child.

Professor Margaret Gyapong, in her remarks said this was to honour her mother’s life achievements and history as well as her personal achievements, saying that “in addition this will help mentor our girl-child and make sure that those that will progress to UHAS are given opportunity to apply for the fund.”

Professor John Gyapong, Vice Chancellor of UHAS, who launched the fund, noted that the initiative, the first of its kind in the university, was indeed worthy of emulation and could not have come at a better time as many vulnerable but brilliant students needed financial support.

FROM KAFUI GATI, HO

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