The Hess-GNPC Scholarship Programme (2012-2015)

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Client

Hess/GNPC

Project Location

Project Duration

3 years

Total Value

N/A

Value of Montrose Component

£950,000

Situation

  • To show their commitment to the coastal communities in which they work, Hess and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) decided to implement a scholarship program that would support academically qualified but underprivileged students.
  • The program is available to students seeking to pursue:
    • Two-year or three-year courses of study at senior high school.
    • Vocational training.
    • Health training institutions.
  • The programme was initially set up in three Ghanaian coastal districts.

Solution

  • Montrose was contracted to manage the scholarship fund. This included:
    • Engaging and partnering with educational institutions.
    • Calculating and monitoring costs.
    • Disbursement of scholarships to each partner institution.
    • Provision of supplies for the students.
    • Monitoring of funds received by schools and students.
    • Monitoring and reporting of student academic performance, attendance and conduct.
    • Monitoring services.

Impact

  • Montrose management of the scholarship resulted in an improved skills base and standard of education for underprivileged youth, addressing the needs of both the private and the public sector.
  • The scholarships covered the cost of school fees, examination fees, boarding costs, books and academic materials, and uniforms.
  • Following on from the foundations set by Montrose, the programme has continued to evolve and to date has supported nearly 1,000 students.
  • Initially covering three districts, the scholarship has been extended to six coastal districts in Ghana: Shama, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ahanta West, Nzema East, Ellembelle and Jomoro.