Ms. Reeta Roy, President and CEO of Mastercard Foundation, paid a brief working visit to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a six-member delegation from the Mastercard Foundation; including her Chief of Staff, Ms Aissatou Diajhaté, and her personal assistant, Ms Christina Levine. As part of her visit, Ms. Reeta Roy met the newly recruited scholars (Cohort 6 Scholars) of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST (MCFSP at KNUST) for the 2019/2020 academic year.
In her speech, Ms. Reeta Roy, congratulated the scholars and charged them not to only seek the “lecture-hall education” but equip themselves with leadership skills to help them transform their various communities. She encouraged the scholars to do what is right and live by their ethics and values in any sphere of their stay on campus; in essence, requesting them to be ethical and transformative leaders.
She further encouraged the scholars to make use of the Baobab Platform of the Scholars Program to share ideas and network with other scholars across the globe.
Professor Kofi Owusu-Daaku, Lead for the Vice Chancellor on the Scholars Program at KNUST, in his welcome address thanked Ms. Reeta Roy and her delegation for their continuous support. He used the occasion to share some of the success stories of the MCFSP at KNUST to the delegation.
Prof. Owusu-Daaku told the delegation that the scholars are performing very well in the class room and in their communities. He mentioned that the pioneer graduating class of 45 scholars had 50% of them attaining first class. For the current graduating class of 86 scholars, 44% attained first class with two (2) of the scholars being the valedictorian for their Colleges; Edwin Amponsah from College of Science and Joel Ansah from College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He said, “it would interest you to know that the overall best student of KNUST in the person of Edwin Amponsah in the University’s 53rd Congregation was a Mastercard Scholar”.
“A Mastercard Foundation Scholar Alumna, Miss. Emily Otoo-Quayson and her project partner Miss. Matilda Asantewaa Sampong, a third year Business Administration student, won the Presidential Pitch Season II competition,” he added. The Presidential Pitch is a project designed and organised by the Ministry of Business Development to offer young Ghanaian entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 the opportunity to market their business ideas and get financial assistance to implement those ideas.
Mr. Frederick Ennin, President of the Scholars Community at KNUST, expressed his appreciation for the support Mastercard Foundation is according young Africans and promised on behalf of the scholars and on his own behalf to study hard and also avail themselves to lead transformation in their respective communities.