By Alhaji Bashiru Zakari
A fourth year Medical student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), from Gyedu in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, Beatrice Obeng Konama, has received GHc15, 000.00 (Fifteen thousand Ghana Cedis) from the Management of Newmont Ahafo Devevelopment Fund (NADeF) and Libherr Mining Limited as their contribution to her under graduate studies after winning the 2014/2015 NADeF/Liebherr Excelence Scholarship Award.
The scholarship is a partnership between NADeF and Liebherr Mining Limited, and covers academic user fees, accommodation, stipend and allowance for books, to help highly motivated-driven and brilliant science students from the Newmont host communities attending various tertiary institutions, to overcome the key challenge to under graduate studies.
The Board Chairman of NADeF, Kwame Saara-Mensah, who presented the award, advised her to resist peer-pressure and complacency and rather strive for excellence.
“You must study hard, knowing that the whole community looks up to your return as an excellent medical doctor “he added.
Mr. Kojo Bedu-Addo, Social Responsibility Manager of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (Ahafo Mine), reiterated NADeF’s own scholarship scheme and special partnership initiative.
He expressed happiness at the presence of last year’s winner of the Award, Elija Boateng,a student of Mining Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology(UMaT),who was at the event to support this year’s winner, adding that they should serve as good ambassadors for the programme to encourage the younger generation.
The Project Manager of Liebherr Mining Limited Ahafo, who represented the company,Barend Henrik Verhoef said that Liebherr is inspired to be contributing to the development of the people and called on the winner to take advantage of the opportunity given to achieve her goals.
Beatrice who also applied for last year’s award said she was happy to have won this year’s award and expressed gratitude to NADeF and Liebherr for the opportunity and promised to continue to excel in her studies in order to help her community in the future as a medical doctor.