Senior Hall Tutors of UPSA, together with the Interim executives of the Junior Common Room (JCR), have made a donation of ten thousand cedis to support the activities of the Vice-Chancellor Endowment Fund (VCEF).
The VCEF is an investment fund set aside by the University to offer scholarships to brilliant but indigent students.
Making the presentation on behalf of the two groups, Dr Gladys Nabieu, the Hall tutor for Yaa Asantewaa Hall, said the gesture was to augment the Vice-Chancellor’s effort to expand access to university education by enabling bright and needy students to receive undergraduate education at UPSA.
She noted that the establishment of the VCEF has over the years provided a strong financial backbone for outstanding students who would have otherwise dropped out of school due to dire financial needs.
“As important stakeholders of the University Community, we deem it appropriate to support the VCEF to fulfil its mandate just as we have done over the past four years,” Dr Nabieu said.
For his part, the Chairman of the VCEF Fundraising Committee, Dr Albert Martins, commended the groups for the kind gesture.
Dr. Martins disclosed that every year, more than 1,300 students who are eligible to enroll at UPSA are unable to do so because of financial constraints.
He added that, additionally, about 300 students postpone their studies at UPSA every year owing to financial difficulties.
He therefore appealed to other staff unions as well as benevolent members of the University Community to contribute their widow’s mite towards the fund.
The brief ceremony was attended by Mr Robert Gyeke-Darko, Ag. Liberty Hall Tutor and Deputy Director, Business Development Unit; Dr Akorfa Wuttor, Tutor, Mandela Hall; and Mr Seidu Baba, Hall Tutor, Opoku Ampomah Hall.
The JCR executives, on the other hand, were led by interim Chairman, George Sampson-Graves.