108 undergraduate students from various Institutions of higher learning across 10 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, over the weekend, received 50,000 each at the first edition of Bar. Sunday Marshall Katung Scholarship Scheme.
According to the Chairperson of the Scholarship Award Screening Committee, Barr. Gloria Ballason, ” This is the first badge. There will be another scholarship for the award of excellence but, for this present badge is for indigene students.
“And what the Committee did was to try to spread the tentacles to 10 students each across 10 LGAs and also to reflect gender as much as possible.
“We are very concerned about gender because we want to encourage gender parity to ensure that the region grows with both genders. So, that’s the essential criteria.”
Earlier, the initiator of the Scheme who was a one term House of rep Member said the gesture was borne out of his conviction that education remains the best empowerment for the youths in his constituency considering its pivotal role in the development of any society.
According to him, the scholarship scheme was not to grandstand but to assist the undergraduates in advancing their educational cause.
He urged the beneficiaries to strictly apply the funds to their academics to lessen the financial burden on their parents.
Student of the Kaduna State College of Nursing and Mid-wifery, Kafanchan Campus, Sunday Solomon Awolo who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked Marshal Katung Foundation for the kind gesture.
“On behalf of myself and other recipients, we are saying thank you. We pray that God will bless you, the initiator of the scheme, Marshal Katung,” has said.