Class of 2021
Mary E. Sherman Scholarship
I grew up in Akatsi in the Volta Region of Ghana. I had my elementary education at Holy Childhood Preparatory School and then continued to Mawuli School in Ho, Ghana. After high school, I was looking forward to acquiring a scholarship to enable me to pursue my tertiary education. Fortunately for me, I met Zawadi Africa (a leadership development program) during the National Science and Maths Quiz and I got to know about Ashesi through them.
Now I live the ‘Ashesi dream’ and I have countless beautiful stories to tell about this great institution.
Over the years, I have realized that serving others and giving back to society gives me so much fulfillment. This influenced my decision to study Management Information Systems (MIS) at Ashesi so that I can pursue a career in the fields of Global Development and International Relations.
Therefore, during this summer, I engaged in activities purposely to grow, discover myself and prepare towards my future ambition. This pursuit landed me at the Ubora Institute, a Global Health Company into quality health improvement in Africa, where I was the Personal Assistant to the Executive Director. I also interned at Soronko Academy as an Administrative Intern where I helped with the coding classes for the children and assisted in running other events at the company.
In addition to this, I started a storytelling initiative to tell stories about social impact. Within one month of starting this project, I assisted in getting a library for the Gem Star School at Ashaiman through Libreria Ghana. I also did a fundraiser to support the medical process of a seven-month-old baby whose condition was deteriorating because his parents could not afford the cost for his treatment. This project challenged me to look beyond my personal struggles and challenges.
I learned that no impact is ‘small’ and giving when you have nothing is the best form of giving.
Moreover, I volunteered with Ghana’s Center for National Affairs (CNA) to donate to the maternity ward of Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital. One of my redefining moments was with the Young Achievers Foundation, an organization focused on mentoring high school students in some of the deprived parts of Ghana to secure scholarships to world-class institutions worldwide.
This semester, I am particularly excited about the French course I am taking because it has provided an avenue for me to learn how to speak a new international language. Besides, it is a plus for me regarding my career interests. I believe all these opportunities are preparing me for the global stage.
Ashesi is a new chapter in my life and my ‘Ashesi story’ is an illusion without the wonderful people investing in my education here at Ashesi. I want them to know that I am very grateful for their support and I see this investment as a very big one. My donors are the crayons coloring all my ‘pencil-mark dreams’ and I know that soon all their sacrifices will come to life fully.
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