Thirty- six students from indigent homes in Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states have been awarded scholarships for tertiary education by the Beatrice Olajide Foundation (BOAF).
The students, drawn from 10 secondary schools in the two states, were honoured with scholarship award certificates for their excellent academic performance at a ceremony held last Saturday in Ibadan.
Three beneficiaries are from Obaseeku High School , Eruwa, one from Adeniran Ogunsanya Memorial Grammar School, Ogbomosho and nine from Queens School, Ibadan.
Others are from the Handicapped HLA, Agodi, Ibadan, Holy Child College, Lagos, Lagelu Special School, Cheshire High School, Lalupon and Ijebu- Ode Grammar School.
Speaking at the awards and provisions of assistance to the physically-challenged, Chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trutees, Dr Olugbemi Akinnoye said the foundation has been sponsoring 18 pupils annually through their primary and secondary education since last year. He added that the first set of beneficiaries are being sponsored all over again.
“This year, the foundation has agreed that students who are awarded scholarships last year and who continue to excel in their studies will continue to enjoy the foundation’s financial assistance in order to perform better.”
Akinnoye said brilliant children who can only attend public secondary schools at best are painstakingly fished out from churches, streets, mosques and others, for financial assistance for specific expenditure items such as book procurement, purchase of uniforms among others.
He promised that the foundation will also continue to render financial assistance to those who perform excellently throughout their secondary education.
The BOT chairman added that five wheel-chairs will also be distributed to deserving physically challenged individuals from select schools.
He urged Nigerians to cultivate the attitude of giving scholarships to students who are helpless in the society.
In his remark, Mr Felix Adenaike said it is pertinent for individuals, friends and the society at large to contribute to the survival of BOAF, bearing in mind its contribution to the lives of the less privilege in Nigeria.
One of the recipients, Miss Banke Alabi from Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, spoke of her gratitude to the foundation.
She said:” I want to thank the foundation for the scholarship. As they have been putting smile on my face, may the Lord put a smile on their faces because I thought all hope was lost.”
Dignitaries at the occasion included: former Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Prof Rotimi Tayo, the Chief Medical Director of National Orthopedic Centre, Dr Kabir Abubakar, Prof Akin Aboderin, Justice Titi Mabogunje, among others
- The Nation