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Empowerment through scholarship
December 19 , 2013

Right from the Stone and Ice age to the present world, the existence of humanity has always been evolving based on a mixture of inspiration and knowledge, a collaboration that gave us education. The world all over is littered with glaring and unavoidable evidences of what education can bring to fruition. Our living is based on art, science and technology. From the United States of America, China, India, Germany and Russia who are few of the super and highly industrialized nations of the world to the war torn Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, one thing common to them is their zeal to learn and acquire knowledge.

Ignorance is a prison that has trapped so many people all over the world and it is in actuality that part of the purpose of education is to help us escape our dungeons of ignorance. Many nations and citizens of the world are still trapped not because they want to, but because they are incapacitated due to lack of education. As a universal nation, we cannot expect to be ignorant and be free, in a state of civilization, as we expect what never was and will never be.

One way to free the oppressed and the ignorant to gain access to knowledge is through the selfless and free-giving act of Scholarship. Many indigent individuals who could have lost dreams and aspirations have been lifted to enviable platforms through scholarships. The world would have lost the talent and skills of Scott Brooks, who later become an American professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player. Scott Brooks was the youngest in a family of seven siblings, which definitely rule him out of the pecking order and he would not have been able to go to college without an athletic scholarship.

The 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama said “If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners, if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we’ve got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship”. This shows how essential it is to offer hope and succor to the bunch that are under-privileged.

Not everybody can afford a college education, but a college education is one of the best ways to improve someone’s future, though it is not easy to pay for it. Financial assistance from various scholarship bodies is one small way that the indigent world can be helped; after all they have gone through so much. 

Late Nelson Mandela, an educationist and a freedom-fighter said and I quote; “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” He reiterated further that, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Let us empower our world through education.

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