Goldfields Ghana Limited, Damang Mine has expended over GH¢250,000 on scholarships and bursaries for students pursuing tertiary education in it host communities in the year 2018. Currently, 138 students in Senior High and tertiary institutions across the country are enjoying bursaries and full scholarships from the Damang Mine through the Goldfields Foundation.
For 2018/19, the Damang Mine has awarded scholarships and bursaries to 50 students pursuing various courses at the tertiary level.
Out of the figure, 34 students would enjoy full scholarships, where the mining company would honour their annual school fees at a sum of GH¢2,500 each.
For the remaining 16 students enjoying bursaries, the company would honor their school fees at a sum of GH¢1,200 annually.
Speaking at the formal presentation of the scholarships and bursaries, the Sustainability Manager of Goldfields, Mr. Robert Siaw, said a total of 632 persons had been supported under the Foundation in the Damang host communities in the areas 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 scholarships and bursaries from the foundation, considering the number of people who applied for scholarships from the mining company. “You are a scholar, that is why you are receiving a 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.
On his part, the Community Affairs Manager of Damang Mine, Mr. Abdel Razak Yakubu, laid the ground rules for which the scholarships could be withdrawn.
One ground rule is when a beneficiary fails to produce semester results and engages in dishonesty.
The Prestea Municipal Director of Education, Martha Quarangle, urged the beneficiaries to respect the ground rules for which the scholarships had been awarded them.