STUDYING pharmacy at the University of Cape Coast is one of the great milestones in my life and it is an undeniable fact that this award will contribute significantly to my dream of becoming one of the best pharmacists in this country and, by extension, the world”.
These were the words of gratitude from 18-year-old Esther Pamela Teiko Partey moments after being declared winner of the Webb of Excellence scholarship scheme for the 2020-2021 Academic Year at a brief but colourful ceremony held at the SSNIT Guest House in Accra on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
The good news is that she emerged the Best Female Student of Ada Senior High School in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and in line with an award instituted by Miss Eleanor Louise Webb, a former Canadian tutor of the school (1968-1970), who has a huge passion for girl-child education, Miss Partey was supported with a total of Ghc4,000 for the payment of her Academic User Fee as well as Residential Fee for the first year.
Presenting the award, Dr Gabriel Canacoo, chairman of the Administrators of the Fund, said, “In subsequent years, the Fund will support you financially with some graduated sum of money provided you obtain a B average grading or higher at the end of every year in the course you are pursuing”.
Miss Partey is the 2nd winner of the tertiary support scheme but, overall, the 5th to be decorated with the award since it was instituted some five years ago and originally meant to support brilliant-but-needy female students to pursue senior high school education.
But with the introduction of Free Senior High School in 2017, the focus was shifted, in 2019, to the most brilliant female student who gained admission to any of the country’s public universities.
In 2019, two female students – Juliet Nuerki Annang and Nyemignor Korkor Okai – jointly won the tertiary support award and are currently in their second year at the University of Ghana, Legon, where they are pursuing a course in Biological Science.
Before then, three female students: Stella Korlekuor Akpanglo (2015-2017), Charity Asigbey Kpelemeh (2016-2018), and Emelia Korlekuor Addowah (2017-2019) had benefitted from the award in pursuing their senior high school education.
The headmaster of the school, Mr Kojo Ayibor, who was the special guest of honour at the function, was full of praise to Miss Webb for her vision in instituting the fund with a seed money of just 3,000 Canadian dollars – a sum bequeathed to her by her late auntie – and he called for worldwide support for such a worthy cause.
“I am also delighted that all previous beneficiaries of the award have been able to build a better future for themselves and I hope the current awardee would follow suit,” Mr Ayibor added.
At the same function, Miss Stephanie Okenley Adamo, who narrowly missed out on the award for the 2019-2020 Academic Year due to circumstances entirely beyond her control and is currently offering a course in BSc Business Administration at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), was offered a one-off assistance for the payment of her Residential Fee and Academic User Fee for one year.
Present at the function were some tutors of Ada Senior High School as well as parents and well-wishers of the award winners.