Mastercard Foundation scholars studying under the 3+1+1 International Accelerated Degree Program (IADP) at Arizona State University (ASU), USA and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, have in a short ceremony, donated educational materials and waste bins to the Bosomtwe-Oyoko Community Day Senior High School (SHS), in the Ashanti Region, Ghana. The donation formed part of the Scholars’ International Day of Service.
The Scholars’ International Day of Service is a day where scholars around the globe take time to collectively give-back to their immediate communities. For Mastercard Foundation Scholars, giving back is deeply personal and rooted in their journey as ethical leaders and change-makers in training.
The 3+1+1 IADP scholars, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its related restrictions on travels could not physically transition to ASU to commence the academic year, hence, an arrangement was made for them to study virtually at ASU in KNUST. This year’s International Day of Service celebration was the first that 3+1+1 IADP scholars have marked in Ghana.
Speaking on the reason for choosing Bosomtwe-Oyoko Community SHS, Mr. Abraham Kudiabor, the Scholars Representative, said that the School was chosen because of its strategic location between two communities and its unique challenges faced in serving the students in these communities with access to quality education. According to him, the donated items would go a long way to motivate the students to study hard and also keep a clean environment. “This donation gives meaning to our commitment to giving back to help transform communities,” he added.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Stephen Jantuah, Chief Counsellor of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at KNUST, urged the students to work in accordance with their motto “dedication and hard work”. He also encouraged them to aim high and concentrate on their studies as that should be their first priority.
The Program Manager of MCFSP at KNUST, Ms. Afia Ampomah Awuah, presenting the items to the Management of the School said that, the donation forms part of the scholar’s responsibility to give-back to the community and that it would go a long way to impact the students’ academics.
She revealed that, MCFSP at KNUST offers scholarships to students who have completed SHS with goods grades and are at home due to financial difficulties. She charged the students to share the good news to their friends in such situations to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities the Scholars Program at KNUST offers to young people in such needs.
She urged the students to visit the MCFSP at KNUST’s website and social media platforms for more information on the scholarship opportunities that are available to them.
Receiving the items, the Senior Housemaster Mr. Philip Asamoah Gyamfi expressed gratitude to the Scholars and MCFSP at KNUST Secretariat for their kind gesture and hoped that the relationship between both institutions would go a long way to help give hope to young Africans. He promised to put the items to good use and used the opportunity to call on other organizations to come to their aid.
This year’s Scholars’ International Day of Service was held at the premises of Bosomtwe-Oyoko Community SHS and as part of the event; scholars also had interactions with the student on topics such as, Teenage Pregnancy, Substance Abuse, Issues on Academic Work, and Introduction to Scholarship Opportunities after school.
ASU-KNUST 3+1+1 International Accelerated Degree Program (IADP) is a partnership, sponsored by the Mastercard Foundation, Toronto-Canada, between Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University (ASU) in USA, and Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. The partnership which began in August 2016 has grown to recruit a total of one hundred and thirty students (130) from KNUST pursuing their undergraduate studies in Engineering (BSc. Biomedical Engineering, BSc. Mechanical Engineering, BSc. Materials Engineering and BSc. Civil Engineering) and in Business Administration (BSc. Logistics and Supply Chain Management, BSc. Business Information Technology, BSc. Human Resource Management and BSc. Finance). Under this Program, the scholars’ study at KNUST for three years, complete their final year undergraduate studies at ASU (+1), and receive their undergraduate degrees from KNUST, and upon graduating with excellent grades subsequently proceed to undertake an International Accelerated Master’s Degree (+1) in their respective programs. Upon their graduation from the Program, the scholars are expected to contribute to societal change and transformation in Africa.