The A.G. Leventis Foundation, involved in providing support for students to pursuit higher education has awarded scholarships to 27 post-graduate students of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Science of the University of Ghana, Legon, to pursue various programmes..
Professor SK Offei, Provost of the College, who announced this at a ceremony to present cheques for the 40,000-dollar package to the beneficiaries, said twenty-two of them would pursue Master of Philosophy programmes, while five undertake Doctor of Philosophy programmes.
Prof Offei said since the establishment of the Fellowship at the University of Ghana in 1996, a number of staff had undertaken higher programmes, thus contributing immensely to the development of the university.
He said available records indicate that about 20 staff members of the University benefited from the Fellowship before it was suspended in 2009.
Prof Offei explained that since its re-instatement last year, 42 students from the college benefited from the awards, and expressed appreciation to the Foundation for instituting the scheme to help promote postgraduate training.
He said because staff development is at the centre of the Fellowship Scheme, the College Awarding Scholarship Committee had paid more attention to staff applicants doing their Doctor of Philosophy research.
He said in this year’s awards, three are staff members are pursuing Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Veterinary Medicine.
Prof Offei commended the Foundation for paying more attention to fledgling units in the College such as the School of Veterinary Medicine, and said as a result, three of its staff members were pursuing Doctor of Philosophy research in the University of Nairobi.
He pleaded with the Foundation to increase its grants to the College to enable many eligible applicants to benefit
Madam Comfort Emden, Country Representative of A.G. Leventis Foundation who presented the cheques to the students, said the Foundation was an integral part in Ghana’s struggle for independence.
She said the Foundation had been working with the University for the past 25 years, and lauded it for not involvig itself in education alone but also in conservation.
Madam Emden encouraged the beneficiaries to come out with publishable research work that could be used to solicit for more grants to support the college.
A beneficiary thanked the Foundation for the support and urged other beneficiaries to make good use of the grant.