STUDENTS in Lagos State who are seeking admission into tertiary institutions, have been advised to put in their best into academics, as seriousness would break all barriers on the way of actualizing their dreams.
Those were the words of Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the governor of Lagos State, when she handed out award letters to two students who scaled the scholarship interviews of her pet project, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), for the 2016/2017 academic year. They are Oluwadare Caroline Omolola and Afolabi Olakunle Felix.
Outstanding success in future
Speaking at HOFOWEM office in Oregun, Ikeja, Mrs. Ambode noted that coming from a humble background was never a limitation for a serious student, as hardwork would pay off with outstanding success in future.
She said: ‘I urge you lucky recipients of the HOFOWEM Scholarship Award and indeed all students of tertiary institutions, to put in your best in academic studies, as that remains the surest way to achieve your dreams. You must note that coming from humble beginnings is not necessarily a limitation to what you can achieve in life. The children of rich people are not always the most brilliant or most successful. It is about how much of your time and attention you invest in your academic work”.
Speaking further, Bolanle disclosed that the HOFOWEM Scholarship Award was in line with HOFOWEM’s ideal, to give hope to underprivileged children by encouraging their educational pursuits, adding that it was instituted to sponsor brilliant indigent students from Lagos State public secondary schools, to pursue first degree courses in Nigeria.
She disclosed that over 100 applications were received online and all candidates were considered on an equal basis with no bias for background, but judged independently on the basis of the applicant’s ability to meet the criteria outlined under the terms and conditions of the award.
Adding that the successful candidates would enjoy the payment of tuition fee; monthly maintenance allowance; book and incidental allowances for the period of their chosen courses, she advised them to always put God first and shun vices capable of preventing them from reaching their desired goals.
She urged them to be good ambassadors of HOFOWEM, by paying attention in class and moving with the right peers, as any decline in their academic performance might result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
Expressing their joy, the beneficiaries, Miss Caroline Omolola Oluwadare and Master Felix Olakunle Afolabi, both studying accountancy at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and University of Lagos respectively, disclosed that it was a dream come true.
The duo whose results were among the best WAEC results in Lagos State could not hide their joy, noting that they just tried their luck when they saw the advert in the newspaper, adding that they never believed they could sail through considering their very humble backgrounds.