A young man who had to resort to illegal mining or galamsey after completing Senior High School (SHS) with excellent grades has received a full scholarship from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to pursue law at the University of Ghana (Legon).
The 21-year-old Stephen Koomson, a former student of Mpohor SHS, obtained 5As and 3Bs in various subjects in the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). However, he could not continue his education due to financial challenges faced by his parents.
His plight came to light when a news report showed him working as a galamseyer, with dirty clothes and a risky environment. The report touched the hearts of many Ghanaians who appealed for help for the brilliant but needy student.
The GNPC responded to the call and offered him a scholarship to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer. The Executive Director of the GNPC Foundation, Dr Dominic Eduah, said they were excited to give him the opportunity in line with their Education & Training mandate.
He also said they were working with other stakeholders to ensure that Koomson gets admitted into the University of Ghana Law School by the next academic year.
Koomson thanked the GNPC for their intervention and promised to study hard and make good use of the chance given to him.