University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) has organized its first edition of the UGBS/Axis Pension Scholarship on 9th November 2023 at the R.S. Amegashie Auditorium, University of Ghana Business School.
The scholarship scheme is an annual commitment of the Corporate Social Responsibility budget of Axis Pensions Trust Limited towards tertiary education through the Axis Young Scholars Fellowship.
The awards ceremony had a vibrant atmosphere and was honoured by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, the Dean of the University of Ghana Business School, Prof. Justice Nyigmah Bawole, CEO of Axis Pensions, Afriyie Oware as well as the Board Chair of Axis Pensions Trust Limited, Mr. Ernest Kusi-Ababio. Thirty students from UGBS were privileged to be awarded the scholarship.
Proceeding the welcome address by Prof. Bawole, Dean of UGBS, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, chair of the event acknowledged the partnership between Axis Pensions Trust and UGBS. In her speech, the Vice-Chancellor described the partnership as transformational for academically outstanding students facing financial hardship of the University of Ghana.
“The collaboration between Axis Pensions and the University of Ghana is an alliance that exemplifies the spirit of generosity, compassion and collective responsibility that we share in building a better future.”
Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo emphasized how the partnership aligned with her vision as a Vice-Chancellor, expressing appreciation to Axis Pensions for taking the initiative to support a commendable endeavor.
“My vision as Vice-Chancellor to create a culture that promotes research, teaching and learning, administrative processes and extension activities driven by technology and anchored in humanism.”
“I would like to express our profound gratitude to Axis Pension for their visionary leadership and generosity in supporting this worthy cause. This time we did not even have to come but you came to us and that is truly remarkable.”
In amplification of the Vice-Chancellor’s message to recipients of the Axis Pensions Scholarship, Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, urged the young scholars to embrace the responsibilities that come with having their educational costs and expenses covered by the scholarship scheme.
“I won’t encourage you, I would charge you! That you’ve got to live to the tenets of this award so that in the years to come when we conduct our tracer studies, we will say that the first cohort of the Axis Pension Scheme have taken over and are showing Ghana. Go make a difference!”
As a representative of the scholarship scheme sponsors, board chair of Axis Pensions Trust Limited Mr. Ernest Kusi-Ababio, provided a comprehensive overview of the Axis Young Scholars Fellowship.
“This programme isn’t just about providing academic aid; it offers a comprehensive capacity building and leadership development programme. Through a curated curriculum in leadership, career planning, financial, and educational skills development, we aim to empower the scholars for success in the world of work. Through a competitive selection process, successful scholars will be inducted as Axis Ambassadors, embodying integrity, excellence and service. Our scholar, mentorship and support pillar hope to shape well-rounded, impact-oriented graduates.”
Offering stakeholders insights into the beneficiary selection process for the scholarship, associate Professor of Marketing at UGBS, Prof. Ernest Yaw Tweneboah-Koduah, emphasized that eligible candidates had to maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 as regular students at the University of Ghana. Out of a total of sixty-nine applicants, he disclosed that following two rounds of interviews and thorough scrutiny, the scholarship was awarded to 23 male and 7 female students, totaling 30 deserving beneficiaries.
After an exuberant music and dance interlude, the dignitaries who graced the program presented awards to the Axis Pension Young Scholars (Awardees of the Axis Pension Scholarship). The event concluded with appreciation speech delivered by one of the awardees, Mawuena Abena Dossah; a vote of thanks was subsequently given by the Student Representative Council (SRC) President of the University of Ghana, Frank Tsikata.
Story by: Mawuena Abena Dossah | univers.ug.edu.gh