By Emmanuel Elebeke
World’s leading courier and logistics company, DHL has launched the UPstairs Scholarship Pilot programme.
The scholarship is meant to provide financial support to the children and families of DHL employees in pursuing better education by providing financial assistance and support in the area of basic education, switching to a higher calibre school or moving onto secondary school or university.
According to the company, other than financial assistance, the programme also offers individual services to each child, such as mentoring by a company employee, an internship at a DPDHL branch.
Managing Director, DHL Express Anglophone Africa, Randy Buday, said “DHL aims to foster equal access to education by addressing some of the social challenges faced in the world today as a result of lack of access to proper education,”
“The UPstairs scholarship programme is one of such initiatives launched as part of Deutsche Post DHL’s three core corporate responsibility (CR) programmes, under the motto “Living Responsibility,” he added.
The programme will be an annual event in which all eligible children between the ages 12 and 21 years who have good grades in school write a test, and the most successful are selected and interviewed. At least, one of the parents must be a full-time employee at DPDHL with at least two years of continuous service, at the time of application. Beneficiaries of the programme will receive a scholarship worth 2,000 euros per annum for three years.
According to Buday, the selection of eligible families and children started back in April this year with employees showing great interest in the programme. DHL embarked on an intensive process to identify suitable educational institutions while familiarizing the employees with the UPstairs programme through various communication tools.