Antoinette Simpah Danso

KNUST, Ghana


“My name is Antoinette Simpah Danso, a beneficiary a TEST scholarship from 2008 - 2010. First of all I would thank you for supporting my studies while I was in KNUST. After my National Service, I gained admission to the University of Bristol, UK to pursue an MSc in Meat Science and Technology. I completed the MSc. with Distinction in September, 2012. I was on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme while studying in Bristol.

I am currently pursing a PhD in Animal Science at Massey University, New Zealand, working with the International Sheep Research Centre, with a focus on lamb nutrition and being sponsored by the National Research Centre for Growth and Development (Gravida), New Zealand. I enrolled in September, 2013 and thus in my first year of study.

My ultimate goal is to come back home after my studies and contribute my quota to the battle to ensure food security for the people of Ghana. My desire is to see that meat is produced in sufficient quantities all year round and therefore helping alleviate the issues of chronic malnutrition among the Ghanaian population. This has been the driving purpose behind my education so far.

I am writing to let to know that I have not for a second forgotten your immense help during my undergraduate studies at KNUST and to update you on where I am now. My desire is to also help students who may not have the means to fulfil their academic dreams due to financial constraints and in so doing I will be fulfilling TEST's mission of encouraging personal long term commitment to community and/or national development.

It has taken me quite sometime to back to you but I do hope to be in touch. Once again thank you and please do keep in touch."

Matilda Aseyoro

University for Development Studies, School of Medical Sciences

“Following the death of my father, my mother shouldered all the responsibility for raising the family and running our subsistence farm. The burden was too great and my aunt had to come to her aid by adopting me as one of her children. Even so, my aunt is a primary school teacher and her meagre salary made paying for my education a struggle.

Receiving a scholarship enables me to continue my studies. When I qualify, I want to use my position as a medical doctor to further the cause of health care delivery and education throughout the country.”

Issah Adizatu

Koforidua Polytechnic, HND Accountancy

“My mother is a small trader and the paying of my school fees and upkeep is a problem. It’s made worse because two of us in the family are studying at tertiary level. Sometimes we have to agree who goes to school first so that my mother can borrow for the other to go later in the term.

I thought of quitting school to work in my mother’s trade and support the rest of the family. But getting a grant lets me complete my course and, when qualified, I can then help my family and others in my position.”

Patience Maaldu

University for Development Studies, Agricultural Technology

“My father is a pensioner and my mother a small trader, so it is a struggle to get my school fees paid every year. Members of my extended family help when they can to pay for my hall fees and food. I hardly ever have money to buy the academic handouts, instead I get the previous year’s handouts from friends ahead of me in their studies, but the curriculum doesn’t always correspond.

If I can get the money to finish my studies I want to teach people in Northern Ghana how to develop the agricultural side of the economy.”

Anthony Boadu

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Business Administration

“I come from Sefwi Boako in the west of Ghana. The people in my village are not really interested in education and just want to send their children to the farms. My father does not have a regular income and last year he could only pay half of my school fees. This year I had to borrow the money.

In my holidays I teach younger students in the village and try to convince them that education will be better than peasant farming. With money from a grant I will finish my studies and then help people in small villages like mine.”

Esther Anima Duah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, BSc Land Economy

“Ghana is a peace loving nation, but there are so many issues about land disputes that need to be solved. With financial support I can complete my studies and become a land economist. Then I will form an organisation that will enlighten people on land matters.

The organisation I want to set up will educate people on how to acquire land, the rightful procedures involved and also how to dispense land. In the long run this will reduce land disputes and so help create a more peaceful nation. This is my dream.”

Clement Mensah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, BSc Development Planning

“If I qualify as a development planner my work will focus on the welfare of people and improvement of the social system. Looking at the deteriorating nature of urban settlements in Ghana, I believe the best way forward is careful proactive planning rather than reacting to situations as happens now.

With my mother providing the only support for my education I could not pay all the fees this year. She is a small trader and money is very tight. A grant will help me finish my studies so I can then promote well planned urban settlements in the country.”