The University of Cape Coast, in collaboration with the Students Financial Support Office, has
held the Maiden UCC Scholarship Awards ceremony for needy-but brilliant students in the
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, in his opening remarks as the
Chairperson, said the Students' Financial Support Office was set up in 2019 with the University
Council's approval after it had been observed that some students faced diverse difficulties in
raising funds to pay their fees.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, explained the selection processes
of the Awards Scheme. She noted that in all, a total of 1,165 students applied for the scholarships
with a total financial need of over 4 million Ghana cedis. The applicants were shortlisted and
interviewed via video and telephone calls. A total of 377 full and partial scholarships were
awarded to 36 students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, 89 from the
College of Humanities and Legal Studies, 40 from the College of Education Studies, 32 from the
College of Health and Allied Sciences, and 180 from the College of Distance Education.
She expressed gratitude to all the initiators and UCC Management for making the needs of
students’ paramount in the University. She mentioned that it was the expectation of stakeholders
that the intervention in the lives of scholarship winners would produce best results and better the
lives and future of students. She said, “A written component of the Student Financial Office is to
set up a work-study program where needy-but brilliant and promising students can work on
campus on an annual basis to earn money without compromising their studies.” She also said the
University would organize seminars on skills acquisition and volunteerism for these students.
She called on stakeholders, organizations, and individuals to support the initiative.
Present at the ceremony was the Omanhene of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta
II, Former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Provosts of Colleges, Deans,
Directors, Heads of Department, Sections, and Units, and Partners from Financial and Corporate