Five final year students of the University of Professional StudiesAccra, (UPSA), have been awarded by the Beige Foundation for excelling in their academics. The students: Francis Tenkorang, Solomon Otu Afotey, Israel Yayara Bibi, Gabriel Kobby Awudey and Gifty Araba Otoo all received citations and cash prizes of three thousand Ghana cedis each.
In a ceremony to present the awards to the students, Programs officer for the Beige Foundation Ms. Ann-Marie Blackmore, said the commitment of the Foundation is to “celebrate the youth so they feel motivated to do more and soar to higher heights”. Ms. Blackmore said the awards scheme is a product of the Foundation’s- the Youth Excellence, which is focused on supporting and celebrating the youth to excel in whatever endeavor they find themselves in, be it academia or a vocation.
Explaining how the structures in the Beige Group functions, she added that the Foundation was conceptualized and launched in 2010 by the President of the Beige Group, Mr. Mike Nyinku. The sole purpose of the Foundation is to deal with the corporate social responsibilities of the Beige Group, namely: Youth Development; Support for the needy and Business Excellence. The Foundation’s subsidiary group: Youth Excellence was launched in 2016 to celebrate and motivate the youth in both academia and other areas.
In her remarks on how the candidates were selected, Ms. Blackmore said. “Beige made a call to the University and left the choice of the awardees to the discretion of the school and asked them to select their best five students and we just got through their academic records for confirmation.”
“I least expected that there would a ceremony to present the awards and the fact that our parents were invited to witness this event, made it more exciting. It feels good to be awarded for your hard work and to be the only lady among four gentlemen makes me feel more accomplished.” Ms. Gifty Araba Otoo stated.
Mr. Solomon Afotey, also couldn’t hide his joy as he was grateful to both the University and the Beige Foundation for the recognition. “We were not only recognized by our school but also by the Beige Group. This is just an amazing feeling and it is just a step for greater things to come. For me, I feel motivated to do more and achieve greater things. I am very grateful to UPSA and the Beige Group.
Faculty present to grace the occasion were, Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance, Dr. Raymond Dziwornu, Dr. Helen Ahulu, Head of Accounting Department, Mr. Feglo, Dean of Students and Dr. Edward Attah-Botchway, Head of Department Banking and Finance.