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Asantehene secures scholarship for Ghanaian students to study in the US

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Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has secured a scholarship package for Ghanaian students to study at the prestigious University of Memphis, Tennessee in the United States. Under this deal, qualified Ghanaian students can travel to Memphis University to undertake their undergraduate, master’s and PhD studies.

The scholarship reserves up to 70% of the opportunity for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This is a significant opportunity for Ghanaian students to receive a world-class education and gain valuable experience.

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The Ghana Scholarship Secretariat and the University of Memphis have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement the scholarship. As a special guest to the Memphis in May Festival, the Asantehene made a request for scholarships for Ghanaian students. Although the initial target was for only Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students, the Asantehene later called for its expansion to cover more Ghanaian students.

The city of Memphis is home to many global brands such as Fed Ex, Autozone, Sedgwick Jone Incorporated, International Paper, Baptist Memorial Healthcare, First Horizon National Incorporated and Mueller Industries. The Ghana Scholarship Secretariat is working to provide Ghanaian students who receive this opportunity with the possibility to undertake their internships in these industries. This opportunity would bridge academics and industry and provide essential internship programmes for Ghanaian students.

The scholarship is part of Ghana’s drive to create a knowledgeable, experienced human resource that will lead the charge in accelerating the industrialisation agenda to position the nation for accelerated development. The Asantehene has shown leadership and demonstrated how he values education, making this scholarship available to all Ghanaian students, particularly those in STEM fields.

Prospective students will soon have the opportunity to apply, and those accepted will commence their studies at Memphis University from September 2023. The Asantehene has made a significant contribution to education in Ghana by brokering this deal for Ghanaian students. We are also grateful to the former Minister of Education, now Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh for his interest in this scholarship and the necessary inputs he provided to make it successful.

In a nutshell, the scholarship package will be beneficial for the most part to Ghanaian students interested in STEM fields. It is a remarkable opportunity for them to receive a world-class education and gain valuable experience. We hope this initiative will be sustained, and more opportunities will be made available to Ghanaian students.

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