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Medical Student Receives Scholarship, Chance to Serve Community

Beatrice Obeng Konama, a resident of Gyedu, Ghana, near Newmont’s Ahafo mine, recently received GHC15,000 in financial support for undergraduate studies in recognition of her commitment to academic excellence and community service. A fourth year medical student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi and an aspiring doctor, Beatrice was awarded the 2014/2015 NADeF/Liebherr Excellence Scholarship Award.

“This underscores why the foundation has so far awarded scholarships to over 4,000 students from our communities at all levels of their education,” said Kwame Saarah-Mensah, Board Chairman of the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF), at a brief ceremony presenting the scholarship. He added that people development is a key priority for NADeF.

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Beatrice Obeng Konama receives her check from the Board Chairman of NADeF, Kwame Saarah-Mensah.

The scholarship, a partnership between NADeF and Liebherr Mining Limited, covers academic user fees, accommodations, a stipend and book allowance for recipients. It is awarded annually to brilliant science students in need of assistance from the 10 host communities neighboring Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo mine.

Mr. Saarah-Mensah lauded Liebherr, a mining services contractor for the Ahafo mine, for partnering with the foundation to develop this special scholarship program. In presenting the scholarship, he advised Ms. Obeng Konama to take advantage of the financial support by graduating with excellent grades. “You must study hard, knowing that the whole community looks up to your return as an excellent medical doctor,” he added.

Ms. Obeng Konama expressed gratitude to NADeF and Liebherr for the opportunity and promised to excel in her studies in order to help improve healthcare in her community.

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