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 programme that would support academically qualified but underprivileged students.
The programme is available to students seeking to pursue:
Two-year or three-year courses of study at senior high school.
Health training institutions.
The programme was initially set up in three Ghanaian coastal districts.
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.
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.