Hello family and friends,
My name is Ferdinand Quayson and I recently returned home to Accra, Ghana. On May 24, 2020, I graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut with not only a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, but also four prestigious awards from Wesleyan University for my scholarship, social justice work, and contribution to the Wesleyan community. My journey from Ghana to Wesleyan has not been an easy one, but it has motivated me in my quest to help low-income students in Ghana to secure scholarships to pursue higher education, both home and abroad.
Growing up in Ghana, I was constantly told that with hard work I can achieve whatever I set my mind to do. Like any serious student, I studied like my life depended on it. I graduated from high school top of my class with the best score in my high school’s history on the National Standard examinations. I attained this achievement despite having no parents or family support. People around me were quick to congratulate me on my success but soon the loud cheers quieted and once again I had to face the poverty which had plagued my life since I lost both my parents at the tender age of nine. Despite getting accepted to all the top universities in the country, I had to endure a dream-crushing wait of four years while I watched students who did poorly in school realize their dream of higher education because they could afford it.
Seeing that help was not coming from anywhere, I took the initiative to research available scholarships in Ghana and abroad to help me pursue higher education. Finally, after four years, I had a full scholarship to pursue my undergraduate education at Wesleyan University. My admission to Wesleyan was a blessing but also an opportunity – to help students like myself who have great potential but lack the financial support to pursue higher education. In my freshman year, I started the YOUNG ACHIEVERS FOUNDATION GHANA, a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt non-profit that is helping low-income students from under-resourced communities in Ghana to gain scholarships to attend college and become change makers in their communities.
In a little over three years, the Young Achievers Foundation Ghana has fundraised $70,000 and secured over $4,000,000 in scholarships to help low-income students from Ghana to pursue college education in top universities around the world. Our scholarship workshops have also reached over 10,000 high school students across Northern Ghana and the rest of the country. I have also established YAF Ghana Scholarship Centers which contain computers, 24/7 internet access, and thousands of college application materials to assist students in their quest to pursue scholarships to further their education.
This year alone, I have been able to help students in my program to secure scholarships totaling $2,562,612 to attend top colleges including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Tufts, Amherst, NYU, UNC-Chapel Hill, Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana, just to name a few.
My goal for the rest of this year is to double the amount of scholarships my program has secured so far, and I need your help…
I am raising $7,000 to help me register students in my program for the upcoming SAT examinations, pay the tutors I am working with, and cover other miscellaneous expenses.
Your donation will enable me to assist academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities in Ghana to reach their educational dreams by providing them the resources, mentoring, and tutoring they need to secure scholarships.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read my story, and please DONATE to support my work.
***If you prefer to Venmo a payment, please Venmo @Salia_yafghana and your Venmo amount will be added to the go fund me account with your name****
Below are some articles to help you learn more about our work at YAF Ghana:
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