Lebanese community award GIJ students scholarships

BY: Samuel K. Obour

His Excellency Ali Halabi (left) Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, congratulating the award beneficiaries after the ceremony in Accra. Picture: EDNA ADUSERWAAThe Lebanese community in Ghana has awarded scholarships to seven second-year students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).

The scholarships, which formed part of the community’s social project, cover the payment of three years’ tuition fees, accommodation and book allowance for the beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries are six Journalism students and one Public Relations student, all offering Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies.


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At a brief ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ali Halabi, said in all, 30 students from the public universities would benefit from the scholarship scheme.

The Lebanese community, he said, had granted 15 full scholarships to law students of the University of Ghana, Legon and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.



Mr Halabi said the GIJ beneficiaries were selected based on their first-year academic performance. He urged them to remain top students in order to benefit from more scholarships.

The Rector of GIJ, Mr David Newton, said the scholarship was the first of its kind the institute had received since it was established.

He commended the Lebanese community for sponsoring the students, adding,  “They know the role journalism plays in the democratic dispensation, as well as the socio-economic development of the country.”

By Vida Essel & Lydia Ezit/Daily Graphic/Ghana