By Ebele Orakpo
…As indigent students receive scholarship
Friday, May 10, in Warri, Delta State, the dream of 16 intelligent but indigent students of acquiring qualitative education was made possible courtesy of Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF).
Speaking at the ceremony, the third in the series, chaired by Mrs Evelyn Dudu, Director, Library Services, PTI Warri, the President/Chief Executive Officer of MSDF, Dr Evelyn Omawumi Urhobo said the 16 students were drawn from junior and senior secondary classes in Delta State’s public schools, and that brings to 47 the number of students presently under the scholarship scheme.
Going down memory lane, she said that when MSDF was established over 10 years ago, “one of the primary objectives was to be able to give scholarship to intelligent but indigent children to help their parents meet their financial requirements to enable them access qualitative education that will make them compete favourably with children from rich homes anywhere in the world.
“This passion was born out of my personal experience. With the death of my father at just nine years old and a young mother who had to struggle to put myself and a younger sister through school, getting a scholarship to complete my secondary and university education was a welcome relief to her.
The scholarship made it possible for me to acquire the education that made me what I am today. “I have always been grateful to God for this intervention in my life and it has therefore always been my dream to give some children the same opportunity I got to realise their dreams.”
Urhobo who said she sees education as life itself, noted that “all things are possible if you take your education seriously. If you work hard at it, and with the fear of God in your heart at all times, all your dreams are achievable.”
She admonished the recipients never to be deceived into thinking that there is a short cut to success. “Any success achieved by cutting corners is on sinking sand; it will collapse. We heard when our dear President Jonathan talked about how as a poor child from Otueke in Bayelsa State, he went to school without shoes and school bag and he is today the president of Nigeria. He achieved this because he acquired education.
Though the road can be very rough in the process of educational pursuit, it is a question of perseverance and determination to succeed. So education is the key. If you are poor, it liberates you from poverty and puts you on same level with the richest families in the world. When you then have an intelligent child who cannot actualise his or her God-given talent because he or she is from a poor home, it becomes a tragedy that everyman of conscience must rise up to and address.”
She appealed to well meaning individuals to donate to the MSDF scholarship fund to enable the Foundation expand the scope of the award.