Smiles were restored on the faces of twenty (20) Pupils from four (4) Secondary Schools in Freetown, as they received scholarships to cover their school fees and other charges from the Mabel Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The four schools were: Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School (AWMS), Sierra Leone Grammar School (SLGS), Methodist Girls High School (MGHS) and Methodist Boys High School (MBHS).
The Mabel Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in accordance with the Will of the late Mrs Mabel Emily Johnson.
Presenting the scholarships to the pupils at Rotes Chambers 60 Wellington Street, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee Board, Oreh Awoonor Renner said that the late Mabel Emily Johnson was a disciplinarian and a philanthropist who has helped young ones further their education at secondary levels in Freetown.
She added that, the scholarships awarded were from the proceeds acquired from the rents accrued from certain properties owned by the late woman.
Oreh maintained that, the late woman left a legacy for posterity and directed it to a scholarship fund for the four schools.
Explaining how pupils were selected for the scholarship, she said that a proper scrutiny of application forms was made, after which pupils who have met the necessary requirements are invited by the Secretary of the Committee, Cornelia Gabbidon to be interviewed by devoted members of the Committee.
She urged the pupils to be steadfast in their academic work as the selection for the scholarship was based on merits and academic excellence.
The Chairperson stated that the award would be withdrawn from any Pupil who performs below expectations.
She admonished parents to use the monies for the Children and not for their personal use.
Ayodele Gilpin Jackson, a board member and also Principal of the MGHS, admonished parents to invest in the education of their children as this would benefit them in future.
The Parents and Guardians in turn presented Christmas gifts to the Fund and also expressed gratitude to the six(6) members of the Committee for the gesture; assuring them that they would train up their children in the way they should grow.
One of the recipients also thanked the Committee for selecting them amidst other Pupils in other Schools.
She assured the Committee that they would make good use of the scholarship given to them by paying attention to their school work.
Mabel Emily Johnson of blessed memory was keenly interested in the Princess Christiana Maternal Hospital (PCMH) in Freetown and gave it some financial support.
She was also interested in the welfare and education of children and paid some of their school fees.
The late woman was an active member of the Board of Governors of the then Reuben Johnson Memorial School in Freetown and she was also founding member of the Mother’s Union in Sierra Leone were she was an active member and served as President.
In her Will and Testament, she left a legacy for posterity “to be used by my trustees for the education of children of pure African Descent in the four schools”.
The award of the scholarship started in 1994.