The duo of Miss Oladunni Akisanmi and Master Agwu Victory James, have bagged University Scholarship awards at the second edition of the annual education endowment fund, of the Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), the pet project of Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Governor of Lagos State.
Presenting the scholarships at the HOFOWEM office, Oregun, Mrs. Ambode commended the students for excelling in the selection process and for their brilliant performance in the school certificate examination and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)Examination.
In her words, “I congratulate you for your brilliant performance at all levels of your examination. I do not want you to lose focus, but to intensify your effort. This is just the beginning, you need to concentrate on your studies, shun bad peer group influence, be good ambassadors for your families and schools and make us proud too”.
She noted that the scholarship aside from funding the education of the bright students would serve to encourage others that are financially deprived, to pursue their dreams with diligence.
“The scholarship scheme was established to encourage indigent but brilliant underprivileged students in public secondary schools in Lagos State, to pursue degree programmes of their choice in any Nigerian institution of higher learning. It is to encourage serious students that being financially deprived is not the end of a dream”, the First Lady declared.
While urging them to continue to pursue their dream and aim at being the best they can, she hinted that courses supported by the scholarship were those that addressed critical societal issues like engineering, environment, food and security, education and public health among others.
Mrs. Ambode disclosed that the HOFOWEM Education Scholarship Scheme would continue to fund the tertiary education of indigent brilliant students in Lagos State, in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which specifically called for more scholarships for human capital development.
While appreciating the founder and HOFOWEM education team, the duo expressed joy that finally their efforts were not in vain.
The recipients expressed appreciation and joy at the gesture from HOFOWEM and pledged to be great ambassadors, noting that the hope rekindled by the foundation would not diminish, neither would they give up on any challenge.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Mr. Agwu Sunday reflected that they had given up on how to fund the education of the children despite their brilliance, saying the Foundation’s intervention changed the story.
The HOFOWEM Education Scholarship Endowment Fund gives annual scholarships to fund the tertiary education of brilliant but indigent students in public secondary schools in Lagos State.