‘The Scholarship’ is an educational radio contest aimed at rewarding brilliant Ghanaians with a one-year postgraduate scholarship, which includes a return ticket to Scotland, and residential, living, and learning material allowances.
Organised by a local radio station in Ghana, the contest is held over six weeks, with each hour-long instalment featuring quizzes, aptitude tests and debates designed to test the knowledge and resolve of university graduates live on radio. Listeners are allowed to text the name of their favourite candidate and judges are on hand to assess each candidate’s performance.
The Scholarship 2014 contestants are Janet Amanor, Dominic Agbesi Mensah, Joseph Nii Tettey Ashong, Richmond Ansah, Julius Akpesey, Priscilla Dziedzorm Ayebi, Charles Senyah and Joel Tetteh Zutah.
The first episode challenged them to deliver a presentation on whether they thought an International Monetary Fund bailout was the correct decision in attempting to tackle Ghana’s economic crisis.
Candidates will be evicted weekly until the final at the National Theatre in Accra on 8 November 2014.
Ian Ball, Dean, Dundee University’s Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management, said: “The Scholarship’ is a fantastic new initiative as it is broadcast not only across Ghana but the whole of west Africa. It has been allocated a prime time slot on a Saturday evening and over the weeks of the competition listeners and viewers phone in to support their favourite candidates.
“The quality of individuals applying is exceptional with all candidates having to possess a first class degree before they are eligible for selection. We look forward to the winner joining us here in January.”
There are currently 44 Ghanaians studying at Dundee, with this number expected to rise given its growing reputation in the country. Dundee alumni in Ghana and university staff will meet with the contestants prior to the final.
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