Fortune Club International gives Nigerian students University scholarship
.Seeks support for education sector
By Udeme Clement
Fortune Club International has made outstanding record in corporate social responsibility in Nigeria, as the Club granted full scholarship to two young students, who just got admission to study Pharmacy and Bio-chemistry in University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The two brilliant students, who came top in the scholarship screening exercise where over 101 applications were received from schools in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and other States in Nigeria, within 30 days of advertisement, were given their cheques to cover their academics from first year till graduation from the University.
Financial Business observed that the cheques presentation exercise uniquely done in a simple ceremony organised by the Club at Surulere, Lagos, attracted top members of the Club in their special uniform.
Speaking at the occasion, the President of Fortune Club International, Fortune Eyo Inuekin, who presented cheques to the beneficiaries, described the Scholarship programme as part of their corporate social responsibility to Nigerian society, in giving back to the less privileged.
Fortune Inuekin further explained that the scholarship project is an initiative by the Club to assist indigent students in getting good education and also supporting government in building the education system in Nigeria.
His assertions, “It is better to build human beings than to build so many houses. This is not the first time Fortune Club International is giving scholarship to Nigerian Students. Over four years ago, the Club granted scholarship to two students from their first year till graduation from the University. Today, we are happy to inform you that those students recorded outstanding performance in their academics. The first student, a girl graduated with ‘First Class’ while the second person graduated with ‘Second Class Upper’
“This shows that we can help the less privileged in our country to acquire good education for their future development and that of the society. Therefore, we are calling on the Federal, as well as sub-national governments, corporate organisations, private entrepreneurs and all well-meaning individuals to support the education system for optimum productivity”.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Fortune Club International, Fortune Godwin Akadu, explained that they received so many applications from schools across the country when the advertisement was placed.
He added, “We advertised for 30 days and even when entry closed more applications were still coming showing the education need in Nigeria. The Scholarship Committee did a very transparent screening exercise. 10 students were short-listed and after thorough evaluation we got the best two, as you can see here. The selection process was based strictly on merit and highly transparent, as some of us are meeting the beneficiaries for the first time today.”
On how they source for funds for the scholarship project, which requires a lot of money, he said, “We get money through voluntary donations from members of the Club. We also embark on fund raising to ensure the scholarship programme is sustained.
“Our objectives are to help indigent students and to contribute meaningfully to the education system in our country. This sector is very important and must be given adequate attention for our economy to achieve tangible growth and development”.
The two beneficiaries of the scholarship are Emmanuel Umoh admitted to study Pharmacy and Phillips Monday Effiong, who is going for Bio-Chemistry, in University of Uyo.