THE North American wing of the Tarkwa Senior High School Past Students Association (TARPSA) has awarded four of its immediate past graduates with college scholarships in its maiden scholarship programme as part of the school’s 60th anniversary celebration.
The scholarship was to enable brilliant, needy graduates of the Tarkwa Senior High School (TARSCO) to cater for their fees and other educational needs.
Two of the beneficiaries Eugene Agyiri and Abigail Acheampong, both from the Visual Arts department, received full tuition from the AcManuel Family Scholarship award, which was funded by Ackumey Brothers (BrothAC) Foundation.
The two other beneficiaries, namely Charles Asare and Benjamin Afful, also received sponsorship from the Grace Karikari Scholarship Award, which was to honour and support students from single-parent family homes as a result of the death of one or both parents.
The President of the TARPSA in North America, Nelsonyoung AcManuel, said that the scheme had become necessary as a result of challenges that the association of the North America leadership faced when raising funds towards the 60th anniversary.
TARSCO, he said, had no financial aid in place that supported its needy students to acquire college education; hence, most vulnerable students either struggled through college or had no college education, which made it difficult for them to give back to their alma mater.
Mr AcManuel explained that the rising cost of college education might be a burden for most TARSCO students thus, “a scholarship programme may be required to fill the financial gap for some families by providing financial support for students who need help to acquire a college degree”.
He admonished the award recipients to make good use of the award, be content with the high school they went to and contribute to their Alma Mater in many ways.
The TARPSA North America Scholarship Coordinator and the brain behind the scholarship programme, Naomi Karikari-Danso, said she had learnt to understand and appreciate the impact of alumni-funded scholarships for students in prestigious schools such as the Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Stanford and many other colleges in the United States.
Thus, she was hopeful that instituting an alumni-funded scholarship scheme for TARSCO students would help raise the level of educational support for current and future students of the school and, in turn, help produce more able and successful TARSCO alumni who would continue to support future generations of the school.
“TARPSA North America would be offering an alumni-funded scholarship program for final year students of TARSCO to apply and receive educational support for their tertiary education,” she hinted.
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