A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the DOW Education and Mentoring Foundation, has given out scholarships to no fewer than 50 indigent secondary school students of Ondo State.
The indigent students selected from various secondary schools across the state were presented with cheques for their tuition, uniforms, sandals, school bags, textbooks and note-books.
Founder of the initiative, Oluwarotimi Williams-Daudu, who spoke during presentation of the cheques, said that the beneficiaries were drawn across four local councils of Akoko axis of the state by a committee, in collaboration with the school authorities.
Williams-Daudu, who appealed to eminent Nigerians to be part of the initiative, said that his vision was to extend the scholarship across Nigeria, stressing that the initiative was borne out of his experience and background while growing up.
According to him, the criteria for the scholarship were that the students must be brilliant and truly indigent, which he said, must be certified by the committee.
On her part, the wife of the founder, Dr Funmilola Williams-Daudu, advised the beneficiaries to dream big and work towards achieving their dreams.
She said: “I want to tell you that there was a time I was like you. Your future is very bright, especially now that you’re DOW ambassadors.
“Think of your academics; be diligent, honest and hardworking. People must see that you have been transformed. Among you shall be governors, doctors and engineers.”
Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Ondo State, Dele Akinnagbe, commended Williams-Daudu for embarking on the initiative, stressing that it will go a long way in the lives of the students.