Scholarship Selection Process
For Educating Every Child, the accountability process begins with ensuring that the most deserving candidates receive the scholarships that they so desperately need to better themselves, their communities, and the world. Priority is given to orphaned young girls who are currently enrolled in a Senior High School in the Manya Krobo area of Ghana and are unable to pay their tuition fees.
School officials are sensitive to the financial difficulties of many of their students and permit the students to attend classes, as long as a minimal amount is paid toward tuition fees. Thus, many of the students must work in the market place or on the farms simply to be able to make the minimal payment. However, the students are not permitted to graduate until all tuition fees are paid in full. Without scholarships, many of our students would not be able to graduate until many years after they completed their education, hindering their ability to attain a higher education or begin their professional lives.
In order to be eligible for an EEC scholarship, the school and the student must document financial need. The selection committee also obtains personal information from the student and the school records detailing why this student is being recommended for the EEC scholarship. Since preference is always given to Manya Krobo girls who are orphaned, documentation of orphan status is required as well.
All applications are reviewed by the GOVA selection committee. GOVA (Ghana Organization of Volunteer Assistance) was formed in 1976. It is an independent, non-government, non-profit organization that is an outgrowth of the Peace Corps. Educating Every Child chose GOVA to oversee the program because GOVA has a proven record of success in administering programs such as ours. After GOVA has reviewed the applications, committee members then verify the information using their own independent sources to ensure that the worthiest candidates receive priority for EEC scholarships. The scholarship recipients are chosen by the GOVA selection committee.