By Babajide Komolafe
Another batch of 10 indigent Nigerian female tertiary institution students has emerged successful in the scholarship award initiative of MoneyGram International Nigeria.
This brings to 20 the number of Nigerian female students the leading global money transfer company and its agent banks in the country have given scholarships to in within one month.
The new batch of lucky students, who were presented with cheques covering the value of their scholarships at a colourful event in Benin, Edo State, Tuesday, emerged from Univer-sity of Benin, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and Auchi Polytechnic.
Presenting the cheques, the Marketing Manager, Anglophone West Africa of MoneyGram Interna-tional Nigeria, Mr. Gabriel Wilson, explained that the need to improve educational opportunities for girls and women generally necessitated the scholarship initiative.
According to him, providing educational opportunities for girls helps them develop skills that enable them make effective decisions and positively influence communities.
In recognition of this, he said, MoneyGram and its agent banks in the country took the initiative as their contri-bution to the develop-ment of education sector in Nigeria.
“To the awardees, we encourage you to take your studies seriously and strive for excellence in whatever you do. This scholarship award is not the end of your journey to becoming successful scholars and profess-ionals, but rather the beginning of a fruitful journey.”
Wilson advised the awardees to always put in their best in whatever they do academically so that they continue to excel in their studies in order to continue to benefit from the award for the period of their education.
“We look forward to seeing you on TV perhaps, as prosperous business people, stateswoman, captains of industries, respected and acclaimed academics not only in Nigeria, but also on the world stage. You can do it. Make us proud.”
Also speaking at the event, the special guest of honour, Mrs. Roselyn Djema, advised the awardees to be more committed to their studies; pointing out that they have distinguished themselves from the crowd.
She said that their achievements have proved some people who hitherto had the impression that an average girl from the state is into prostitution.
Djema, therefore, advised them to see the achievement as a call for better performance in the future.
The Dean of Students Affairs, Ambrose Alli University, Prof. Fred Esumeh, also commended the winners as he stressed that they should devote more time to their studies than before so that they remain ahead of their colleagues throughout their studies.
Ten students from University of Lagos, Lagos State University and Yaba College of Technology were barely one month ago given scholarships under the scheme.
The scheme covers academic disciplines like Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Mass Communication, Engineering and Medical Sciences and it is being actively supported by MoneyGram’s agent banks. The agent banks of the money transfer company in Nigeria include AfriBank, Bank PHB, Equitorial Trust Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, UBA Union Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Oceanic Bank, and Access Bank.