Founder and Chancellor of Tansian University, Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area (LGA), Prof Johnbosco Akam, has awarded scholarships to 101 indigent students who gained admission into various institutions of higher learning in the country.
The scholarships were in two categories -partial and comprehensive irrespective of beneficiaries and course of study or ethnicity.
Handing over introductory letters to beneficiaries at Our Lady of Waldenstein Education Centre, Uga Prof Akam, said it was part of activities lined up to mark his 73rd birthday anniversary.
According to him, the gesture which started in 1985 had been aimed at assisting young people to access higher education and be exposed to the academic world.
“This is part of my contribution to give indigent the youths, the opportunity to learn higher, aim higher and be exposed to the world.
“Education will make them to perform many good things in life so that their future will be bright,’’ said Okam, who also a reverend gentleman.
Chairman of the Education Foundation Board, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ilobinso, said the beneficiaries emerged through written examination set to select the intelligent youths, who had already gained the university admissions.
He noted that the sponsor of the scheme had been sustaining it annually since 1985 as his way at giving back to society.
In a goodwill message, Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Okpalaeke, praised effort of the sponsor in giving hope to the seemingly hopeless students to actualise their academic pursuit.
He then enjoined the beneficiaries to redouble their academic efforts to justify the privilege and investment made on their behalf.
Some of the beneficiaries including Chibuike Onyemaechi, Chukwudi Ogbonna, Jacinta Nwafor and Chinenye Mocha promised to make good use of the opportunity.