Verda Annan was awarded the Fully Sponsored Scholarship to study in Havard University, United States of America but was gracious to request that the organizers of the award should give all the $40,000 award to her classmates who does not have the opportunity to study in Harvard.
Harvard University is one of the Ivy League Universities in the USA. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to the eight schools as a group of elite colleges with connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.
Only eight prestigious schools in the USA belongs to this category including: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.
Taking the podium to accept her award, Verda Annan said that though she was very grateful for the honour bestowed on her, she felt that the scholarship should go to someone who needs it most.
She said: “I am so very grateful for this, but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most. And knowing my mom went to Community College and how much that was helpful.”
“I would be so very grateful if the administration would consider giving this excellent scholarship to someone who is going to community college because I know it is such a great honour, but I also know I am not the most in need of it.”
She explained further on the reasons for her gracious action towards her colleagues. In her explantion while speking on Steve Harley’s show in the US, she said her actions were influenced by principles she had picked up from family, friends, and communities abroad and in Ghana.
“My Assistant Principal gave a speech and it reminded me a lot of the principles and values that I was taught by my mom and my siblings and my community in Ghana, and you know here in America and that I live by.
“And we talk about integrity and doing the right thing and kindness, and all these things that are so right, and I was sitting there, and I knew immediately it was the right thing to do because I had the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life to help somebody else and there was just no excuse at that point,” she said.
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