Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – 264 pupils were awarded life-changing scholarships by the Choithram International Foundation.
The first wave of beneficiaries received their scholarships Tuesday, January 23, 2024, while the final batch eagerly anticipates their turn Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
The ceremony, was graced by Choithram Group’s Financial Controller, Harish Agnani, Choithram Trust Fund Committee Chairperson Easterline Palmer, and Committee Secretary Williette Williams.
The scholarship is a tradition initiated in 1967 by Pa Choithram.
Harish Agnani, in his statement, revealed a remarkable increase in the scholarship fund to Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand New Leones (NLe250,000), emphasizing Choithram’s commitment to expanding its impact on young minds. Agnani clarified that this scholarship initiative is part of Choithram Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility, strategically complementing the government’s Free Quality Education Programme.
Easterline Palmer expressed gratitude for the profound impact of Choithram Charity Trust’s broader initiatives, outlining the meticulous process of selecting beneficiaries. The scholarships extend beyond tuition fees, aiming to empower parents to provide essential educational resources and even transport fares for their children.
The scholarships, a blend of new applicants and high-achieving continuing pupils, serve as a beacon of hope. Palmer underscored the importance of pupils signing for their grants, ensuring a direct connection between the scholarship and its impact on individual lives.
Williette Williams passionately appealed for timely submission of progress reports, vital for the committee’s efficient processing. She highlighted success stories of past beneficiaries now flourishing as lawyers, contractors, and influencers—a testament to the transformative power of education.
A symbolic handing over of the scholarship funds took place as Harish Agnani presented a cheque to Chairperson Easterline Palmer. The ceremony radiated hope, achievement, and a shared commitment to shaping a brighter future for promising young minds in Sierra Leone, as remarked by a parent of one of the beneficiaries. OG/25/1/2024