Hope for an Orphan

19-04-2022 | Education


David Asiedu Agyekum, a 23-year-old orphan and a GSf scholarship awardee, is a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology pursuing Computer Science. 

He lost his father before his birth, leaving him with his mother, Akosuah Kontoh. She also passed away when he was just in Primary 5. 

I do not have many memories of my mother because I lost her at a tender age, and I have stayed with my uncle since the demise of both parents. Although my uncle earns an incredibly low income and is already burdened with the responsibilities of his children’s education, he generously provides for me and my educational needs too. 

However, it has still been tough financially and for this reason, I had to change schools from Crown Prince Academy to Cosmos Basic School where I completed my basic education. I furthered and completed my senior high education at Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School- Legon (PRESEC). After the release of the WASSCE results that year, I could not access my results because I owed the school. My uncle struggled to pay the debt and buy a university form for me but eventually, he was able to. 

I graduated high school in 2018 and gained admission to study General Medicine at both the University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, but I forfeited the offer because I did not have the finances hence, the decision to work for a year to save money to continue my education. 

In 2019, I gained admission to study a four-year program in Computer Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. With my savings and the support of my uncle, my tuition and hostel fees were paid. 

Now there was a concern and challenge about how my subsequent fees would be paid since I was not going to get any time off lectures to work and save money. 

The GraceStation Foundation Scholarship came to me at a time when I desperately needed it. It was introduced to me in 2020 by a friend- Emmanuel Adotey, during the second semester of my first year. 

The scholarship for the past two years has catered for my 2nd and 3rd-year tuition and hostel fees once I applied and went through the processes. I have also benefitted from Capacity Building Trainings organized by the foundation for all scholarship awardees, and this has equipped me with knowledge on the corporate world and entrepreneurship 

The scholarship scheme has alleviated the financial burden on my guardian and impacted my academic performance positively. I barely think of where to sleep when school reopens or how my tuition will be paid. 

I am eternally grateful to GraceStation Foundation for the opportunity given me to realize my dreams. 

With an excellent Cumulative Weighted Average of CWA 79.5 and in his third year, David Asiedu Agyekum foresees himself attaining a Ph.D. in Computer Science in the next five (5) years. 

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