On Saturday, December 1, 2007, Ashesi University students and staff came together with employees of the American Embassy and the Canadian High Commission, Ghana, to raise scholarship funds to support student tuition. This new initiative, a benefit walk/run dubbed “Dollars for Scholars,” was organized by Luis Mendez, a member of the consular staff at the American Embassy. According to Mendez he learned about Ashesi University through students he interviewed at the embassy. “During my time here in Ghana I have interviewed over 12,000 people and Ashesi students really stood out. I was particularly struck by their ability to think critically and went to visit the school” he said. “I was impressed by what I saw and heard so I decided to help raise funds for the university by getting my friends involved.”

It was a fun day for all who attended the event. Participants had the option of walking 5km or running 10km. Among these runners/walkers were the President of Ashesi University, Dr. Patrick Awuah and the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. David Stockwell. Participants had the opportunity to make new friends as they shared their experiences about Ghana, Ashesi, and life in general. One participant remarked, “this sure has been a great way to spend a Saturday morning! I feel like I’m contributing to something to help others.” Mr. Luis Mendez and his family graciously served participants breakfast.

The event helped raised approximately GHC1,000 ($1,000) for the university’s scholarship fund. Currently, close to 50% of Ashesi students receive financial aid or scholarships from the university. Students are selected based on need, academic merit and leadership potential.

Click here to see more pictures from the event on Ashesi's Flickr site.