The management of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has offered a full educational scholarship to Benjamin Darko, a 2021 WASSCE graduate whose WASSCE results went viral after working as a fuel attendant
In a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, GNPC said the scholarship will enable Darko to pursue his passion for Chemical Engineering at the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST).
The Executive Director of the National Petroleum Corporation Foundation, Dr Dominic Eduah said his outfit in collaboration with its educational partners is committed to providing support and restoring Darko’s hopes.
“Collaborating with educational partners, the GNPC Foundation has taken steps to facilitate Master Darko’s successful admission into the next enrollment window at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,” Dr Eduah said.
Despite scoring 5A’s and 3Bs, the 21-year-old former Science student at Presbyterian Senior Secondary School (PRESEC) – Legon has had his desire to pursue a Medical-Science related course at the University hindered amid a lack of financial support.
In keeping himself busy and to give his dreams a chance, the boy from Bepowase, a farming community in Akuapim North Municipality of the Eastern Region, has since 2021 taken to several menial jobs in a rather daunting bid to save for his education.
Currently working as a fuel attendant at a GOIL station in Kumasi, Darko’s predicament gained national attention after his story was highlighted in a GHOne news report that went viral on social media.
The Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson reacting to GNPC’s kind gesture expressed delight in the opportunity to contribute to the molding of Benjamin Darko when he begins his KNUST journey.