The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUC-GH) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a scholarship program for writers.
The goal of this project is to make it easier for writers to get diplomas and degrees in communication studies from the University.
Under the terms of the deal, WIUC-GH will give ten GJA members each year full scholarships that will cover their tuition costs while they study at the University. Also, the University will offer a 40 percent tuition scholarship to both GJA students and people who are not members.
Mr. Paul Koti Fynn, who is the Chancellor of WIUC-GH, and Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, who is the President of the GJA, signed the MoU on behalf of their organizations.
The three-year grant program was first promised by the Chancellor of WIUC-GH in 2022 when he met with the National Executive of the GJA after they were elected to office.
The MoU says that starting right away, the GJA has to make a list of applicants for both full and partial grants and send it to the University.
People who want to take advantage of this chance must first apply for entry to WIUC-GH. After they get a letter of acceptance, they can apply for the grant.
The GJA website, which can be found at www.gia.org, has a grant application form to make the process easier. After filling out the form, entrants must send it to the GJA Secretariat.
The candidates will then go through a thorough screening process. All applicants, whether they get the job or not, will be told quickly what happened.
Chancellor Fynn was very excited when he signed the MoU and said, “This is the time to roll it out. One of the best private schools in Ghana is Wisconsin. We’re happy to work with the GJA to give this scholarship to writers.”
He talked about how important it was to have fair criteria for choosing people, and he asked the GJA leaders to put qualifications and financial needs ahead of personal ties or favoritism.
In reaction, Mr. Dwumfour, President of the GJA, thanked the WIUC-GH Chancellor for this kind act. He said that the chance to get a scholarship would help the media become more professional and maintain its high standards.
Mr. Dwumfour told both GJA members and people who are not members to use this chance to further their education.