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Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), Damang Mine has expanded over GHC 250,000 on scholarship and bursary for students pursuing tertiary education in it host communities in the year 2018.
Currently, 138 students in Senior High and Tertiary across the country are enjoying bursaries and a full scholarship from the Damang Mine through Goldfields Foundation.
For 2018/19, the Damang Mine has awarded scholarships and bursaries to 50 students pursuing various courses in the tertiary.
Out of the figure, 34 students would enjoy full scholarship where the Mining Company would honour their annual school fees at a total sum of GHC 2500.
For the remaining 16 students enjoying bursaries, the company would honour their school fees at a sum of GHC1200 annually.
Speaking at the formal presentation of the scholarship and bursaries, the Sustainability Manager of Goldfields, Mr Robert Siaw said a total of 632commnities folks had been supported under the Foundation in Damang host communities in the area of apprenticeship and training since 2005.
This he said goes to underscore the importance the Mining company attaches to education. For this reason, he urged the scholarship beneficiaries to count themselves lucky to have received scholarship and bursary from the foundation considering the number of people who applied for a scholarship from the mining company.
“You are a scholar that is why you are receiving scholarship today”. For this reason, they must exhibit character and conduct of a scholar and justify that through their studies.
Mr Siaw appealed to the beneficiaries not to let the Foundation down considering the investment it was making in their education, an indication that the Mining company puts a premium on education.
On his part, the Community Affairs Manager of Damang Mine, Mr Abdel Razak Yakubu laid the ground rules for which the scholarship could be withdrawn.
One ground rule for which a scholarship could be withdrawn is when a beneficiary fails to produce semester results and engages in dishonesty.
The Prestea Municipal Director of Education, Martha Quarangle urged the beneficiary to respect the ground rules for which the scholarship had been awarded to them.