New scholarship for needy students launched
Accra, July 29, Ghanadot/GNA - Tertiary
Education Scholarship Trust (TEST for Ghana), a
non-governmental organisation set up by a British couple was
launched in Accra on Tuesday to provide scholarship to needy
but brilliant students in the country's tertiary
Keith and Marjorie Lloyd and alumni of Linacre College at
Oxford University in Ghana set up the scholarship scheme,
which would commence this academic year.
It would provide funding for 80 needy applicants with each
receiving GH˘500 annually in any of the five public
universities or polytechnics to pursue a course of their
Another scheme by the Lloyd family, known as Lloyd Scholars,
has provided funding for seven Ghanaian students to Linacre
College to do their Masters and Doctorate degrees since
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Lloyd, Founder of TEST for
Ghana, said although the scheme was to support needy
students, preference would be given to female applicants,
applicants from the three northern regions and universities.
"Beneficiaries are bonded to remain and work in Ghana for
the socio-economic development of the country and/or
community for five years," he said.
He noted that TEST for Africa, which was the main branch,
had guaranteed an annual funding of 20,000 pounds (40,000
cedis) to support TEST for Ghana for the first five years
after which it would be required to source its own funding.
In future, the best graduate to emerge from the TEST for
Ghana scholarship programme would be made to apply to
Linacre College for a one-year Master's degree programme.
Professor George Hagan, Chairman of Trustees of the TEST for
Ghana and an alumnus of Linacre College, noted that there
were a lot of students in the country who were very
brilliant but due to lack of financing, their capabilities
had not lived to see the light of day.
The Chairman thanked the couple for their initiative adding
that the scheme would help to produce scholars who would be
active in contributing to public policy, the affairs of the
nation and the world.