Accra, May. 20 GNA – The Samuel Amo Tobbin Foundation formerly the Tobinco Foundation has held an orientation meeting with immediate Senior High School (SHS) graduates who are on its scholarship scheme.
The meeting which was held on Wednesday was organised to congratulate and orientate the graduates on how to manage their lives after completion, how to be eligible for the scholarship in the tertiary cycle of education, as well as on how to make the right career choices.
Mrs Millicent Akoto, Executive Director of the Foundation addressing the graduates told them that the scholarship scheme was initiated for members of the Pentecost Church, however, it had been extended to the general public.
‘Therefore being on the scheme doesn’t mean when you even fail your WASSCE, automatic we will find an institution and sponsor you through it because there are numerous persons in need of the scheme who are very serious with their studies’, she said.
She stressed that those who will be sponsored through the tertiary level are those who would pass, gain admission into an institution and present their admission documents to the Foundation.
Mrs Akoto advised them to bring the bills to the Foundation early for the funds to be requested for on time to prevent delays on their school fees, which sometimes served as a hindrance.
The Executive Director also advised the graduates to find institutions and serve as volunteers or engage in a decent money earning activity to enable them to support their families and prevent them from engaging in activities that could put them into trouble.
‘The Foundation has given over 300 students scholarship yet just one person has written a letter of appreciation to us. If the Chairman of the Tobinco Group of Companies had not been funding the scheme willingly, he would have stopped because we don’t give him any encouragement to continue what he is doing’, she said.
Mrs Regina Twum-Barimah, Head of Programmes of the Foundation urged the graduates to support other students in need through the Foundation to reduce the burden of the Foundation and also contribute to the development of the nation.
Mrs Twum-Barimah told them that the Foundation did not only support brilliant but needy students, but also supported students who were serious, orphans as well as parents who could not afford to pay the fees of their wards due to one reason or the other.
She said the Foundation’s Scholarship scheme supported learners from crÃ¨che to the tertiary levels of education either in full or part and was opened to the entire citizenry.
The beneficiaries and their parents shared their financial challenges and how impactful the Foundation had been in their lives as they expressed their profound gratitude to them.
The programme was sponsored by ABii National Savings and Loans Limited, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Centre and Atinka Media.
By Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA