Nov 11, 2009, 12:51 PM
The 12 students were awarded certificate of scholarship based on their performance in school.
Giving an overview of the foundation, Abdoulie Sowe, board chairman, said the SMD-Nusrat foundation scholarship was named after Sohna Maimuna Drammeh, a former student of Nusrat Senior Secondary School, who graduated in 2012.
According to Mr Sowe, Sohna Maimuna tragically died of malaria few months after graduation and in honour of her love for education and her tragically curtailed intention to pursue higher education this foundation was formed.
”The intention of the organization is to aid Gambian students with exceptional academic records, who are also potential future leaders and are in financial need to continue to pursue their secondary school education,” Mr Sowe said.
The foundation believes that education is a key to a better world, he said, adding that this year they are sponsoring 12 students at the Nusrat Senior Secondary School.
The organization covers the full academic financial obligation of the selected students including school fees, badges, school IDs and book bills, he said.
He said after a careful and exhausting review process of 28 applications, the organization selection committee did choose 12 students to help them in paying their academic bill of this year.
Applicants for the Sohna Maimuna Drammeh scholarship must be able to demonstrate a well-defined interest in education through their academic records and personal essays, he added.
Sohna Maimuna Drammeh scholarship recipients must be of excellent character and must have a verified record of scholastic achievement and satisfied attendance record, he noted.
John Kemokai, senior master and head of department of business studies, applauded the move and expressed appreciation for what he described as a big encouragement to the students to redouble their effort and devote themselves to their books.