Leadership is a critical element in a nation’s development, and every generation has a duty to secure the future by grooming its youth toward effective leadership roles. Successive generations of Ghanaian youth have been instrumental in the nation’s progress. As the country consolidates democratic governance and achieves the middle-income status, the readiness of the youth in assuming leadership roles will even be more crucial. However, a slack in youth leadership dynamism is increasingly evident, as their education is challenged by the rapidly changing local and global environment, which weakens the requisite values and orientation for effective leadership.
For Ghana’s resilience and progress, it is essential for the youth to build and sustain a strong sense of patriotism and positive nationalism, even as they become globalized. The capacity of the current generation of youth to transport the country into a future of stability, prosperity and sustained development in a globalized world is of prime concern. Indeed, the country’s survivability and viability in a competitive world will depend largely on the preparedness of the youth to lead and meet this challenge.
Accordingly, a new crop of leaders able to withstand the emerging challenge and respond to the ever-increasing demands of our time is imperative; leaders with character, integrity and unalloyed loyalty to the nation. The emerging order calls for specialized orientation and character formation for the youth as well as upgrading their knowledge and skills so as to be pacesetters in their respective fields of endeavour.
In response to the leadership challenge in Ghana and Africa, the John A. Kufuor Foundation, inspired by the founder’s vision, has instituted the Kufuor Scholars’ Program to provide the required specialized preparation for the Ghanaian youth. The program targets young people in tertiary institutions, who have completed at least one year of studies. The general and primary aim is to add value to the formal education at the tertiary level by providing specialized orientation through programmed mentorship, skills and experiential activities and annual stipends. Selected candidates will stay in the program for at least three years.
H.E. John A. Kufuor.
The Kufuor Scholars Program has the overarching objective of mentoring a critical mass of future change agents; leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields of endeavor. These leaders will be trailblazers, whose hallmark will be both success and excellence in national development. Specifically, the program seeks to:
For the time being, an applicant should be a Ghanaian living in Ghana.
No. For the time being, application is restricted to freshman Ghanaian students in Ghanaian universities.
The minimum age for an applicant is 18, and the maximum 23.
The program encourages everyone to apply irrespective of your sex or physical challenge. We especially encourage the physically challenged and females to apply for the program.
At most, 30 applicants will be selected annually to be part of the Kufuor Scholars Program.
No. We are concerned with the grooming of tomorrow’s transformational leaders regardless of their political affiliation.
Visit www.kufuorscholarsprogram.org when call for application is advertised.
Immediately After successfully completing the application process, you will receive a congratulatory note. Selection takes 3 months from the day of application to the day of induction. Within these three months applicants will be notified of their selection status.
Do not pay money to any officer of the foundation, or third party. Report any individual that asks you to pay a fee to the foundation immediately.
The Kufuor Scholars Program is a Scholars program intended to groom, grow, and educate our scholars in transformational leadership.
No. Please refer to the benefits as stated on the website.