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John A. Kufuor Foundation to induct new Kufuor scholars next month

The John A. Kufuor Foundation will next month induct a new batch of 25 Kufuor Scholars to participate in the ever growing leadership empowerment initiative.

The induction ceremony at the foundation’s premises at Cantomentsin Accra on 23rd September 2019 will be graced by chairman of the foundation, His Excellency former President John Agyekum Kufuor and other dignitaries.

The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP) class of 2022 will go through a 3 year leadership training and mentorship program beginning now until the year 2022.

The 25 were chosen from a tall list of 2,396 participants who applied to take part in scholars program. Through a competitive, rigorous and merit based process, the number has been sieved down to 25 consisting 16 females and 9 males.

9 of them are from the University of Ghana, 8 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 4 from the University of Cape Coast, 1 from the University of Natural Energy Resources, 1 fromAshesi University and 2 from the University of Development Studies.

The incoming scholars – who recently participated in the K-Leadership camp 2019 held at Ejura along with their colleagues who will be graduating from the program on the same day – are excited about the opportunity and look forward to learning a lot from it.

In the course of the camp session, they met and interacted with former President Kufuor, met a number of accomplished leaders including former Power Minister Dr. KwabenaDonkor, visited local communities to learn about their lives, did donations, and went through long hours of leadership training.

“My take way; I’m going to learn how to be strategic and routine. And I am going to follow my action plan and my vision,” Kelly AkuaNtowaa Holmes, a second year student of the University of Ghana said.

“Taking part in the camp has been an impactful, insightful and activity filled time in my life…. If for nothing at all, one thing I am taking away is that right now, I’m in the preparatory stage in my life. So everything I do right now counts,” Rebecca YennumiKombian, one of the scholars said.

The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP), an initiative of the John A. Kufuor Foundation seeks to imbibe effective leadership skills and accountability in tertiary level students so they can help develop the nation. The program seeks to prepare and groomyoung people to become transformational leaders for Ghana and Africa.

The program mentors young people to be future change agents who are patriotic, selfless, community centered, innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields of endeavor.

The program which started in 2015 admits 20 to 25 students every year to participate in a three year long training and mentorship that seeks to empower them with ethical problem solving skills.4 batches have been admitted so far. This will be the second graduating batch following an earlier graduation of the 2018 class.

Dr. Pascal Brenya who is Cordinator of the Kufuor Scholars Program is urging the incoming scholars to take the best advantage of it to better themselves. “Don’t die while your music is still playing. This is your moment and remember that ‘knowing is not enough-you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do.’ Go and make the foundation, Ghana and Africa proud,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Prof. BaffuorAgyemang-Duah says they are excited about the high interest in the programme. He says the last 100 shortlisted applicants were all qualified enough to participate in the program but for limited resources.

The CEO says efforts are ongoing to raise more resources to expand the program. “That is why last year, we launched the endowment fund which is for the next five years. So we are steadily building up that kind of funds so we can have more resources to support more students,” he said.

“We wish we can retain 100 students a year. But that requires lots of money. So our hope is that our endowment fund will continue raising funds and our benefactors will continue to support us. Because this is a very worthy course in terms of getting young people to be conscious of their responsibilities in the future,” Prof. Agyemang-Duah said.