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DHL scholarship to empower local children

13 January 2014, 21:21Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - DHL, the world leading courier and logistics company, plans to empower children of it local staff through a new scholarship scheme.

The company said the scholarship plan would encourage the pursuit of better education by providing financial assistance and support in the area of basic education, switching to a higher caliber school or moving onto secondary school or university.

Speaking on the initiative, Randy Buday, DHL’s Country Manager, said the DHL aimed to foster equal access to education by addressing some of the social challenges faced in the world today as a result of lack of access to proper education.

“The UPstairs scholarship programme is one of such initiatives launched as part of DHL’s three core corporate responsibility (CR) programmes, under the motto, “Living Responsibility”,” he said.

“The programme is an annual event in which all eligible children between the ages 12 and 21 years who have good grades in school write a test, and the most successful are selected and interviewed.  At least, one of the parents must be a full-time employee at DHL with at least two years of continuous service, at the time of application. Beneficiaries of the programme will receive a scholarship worth 2 000 Euros per annum for three years,” he explained.

Olufunmilola Glover, DHL’s Human Resources Manager for Nigeria, said besides financial assistance, the programme also offers individual services to each child, such as mentoring by a company employee and an internship at a DHL branch.

Glover added that the selection of eligible families and children started alongside DHL employees showing great interest in the programme.

Glover said DHL had embarked on an intensive process to identify suitable educational institutions while familiarizing the employees with the UPstairs programme through various communication tools.

– CAJ News

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