The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof Abednego F. O. Amartey has offered scholarships to members of the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC, Legon) 2022 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) team.
The four-year full-tuition scholarship in UPSA will afford the contestant an opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s program in Actuarial Science commencing the 2022/2023 academic year.
Prof Amartey made the announcement when the quiz team, led by the Headmaster of PRESEC, Mr David Odjidja, paid a courtesy call on him on Thursday, November 24.
Mr. Odjidja explained that the visit was to afford the management and students of PRESEC an opportunity to present their latest and seventh NSMQ trophy to the Vice-Chancellor and the entire OdadeƐ community in UPSA.
He mentioned that as neighbours, the two institutions have enjoyed a congenial relationship over the years and “it was only appropriate that we pass by to say thank you for the support.”
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated the team for its remarkable achievement, adding that “even though I am a proud alumnus of Prempeh College, I want to commend you for your outstanding performance throughout this year’s competition.”
Prof Amartey advised the students to not rest on their laurels but rather work hard to improve upon themselves in order to achieve their dreams.
“In life there are two values that lead one to success – preparation and God’s grace. Let [these] be your guiding principles,” he said.
“There is nothing like luck. When people talk about luck, what they are actually saying is that you have adequately prepared yourself towards an opportunity. You are here today because you prepared for it and put in so much work to make it happen.”
Prof Amartey further urged the students to acquire the right qualifications, experiences, skills and exposure in order to be successful in their chosen careers.
He also reminded them to take their studies seriously while urging them to be consistent in their pursuit of success.
“You succeed in life when you continue doing the things that made you succeed. If you stop doing the things that made you succeed, you stop succeeding. And that is the problem of our society today where people succeed up to a point [in life] then they plateau,” he said.
“They begin to think that they have arrived but let me tell you the truth: no one really arrives because there is always the next step to success when you aim higher. You have to always maintain that initial hunger to succeed at a higher level.
The Vice-Chancellor also made a personal cash donation to the NSMQ team while offering to donate some dual-beds to PRESEC.