Aker Energy-GNPC Scholars Programme 2018 awarded scholarships to 150 bright students from low-income backgrounds in the six coastal districts of the Western Region.

The scholarships will enable beneficiaries study at Senior High Schools and Nursing Training Institutions as well as prepare students for studies at the tertiary level.

Mr. Jan Helge Skogen, Country Manager of Aker Energy, said Aker believes the scholar’s programme ties in directly with the company’s long-term aspiration of ‘Developing Local Talent’ in Ghana.

Mr. Skogen noted the programme’s achievements and contribution over the past six years providing full scholarships for 794 students in senior high, technical and vocational schools and health institutions. Scholarships have covered full costs of school fees, boarding, books, examination fees, and school supplies.

The programme was formerly called the Hess-GNPC scholarship. It was extended and repackaged as the Aker-GNPC Scholarship after Aker Energy’s acquiredf Hess Ghana. This year’s programme instituted a mentoring and career counselling component and a follow-up system for each scholarship beneficiary.

Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, General Manager of Sustainability at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) said Aker Energy’s shares GNPC’s strong belief in education and emphasized that such social outreach had the potential to transform lives.

Nana Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, President of the Western Region House of Chiefs and Western Regional Minister Dr. Kwaku Afriyie commended Aker and GNPC for the programme and urged the hopeful students to make the most of their prospects.

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