ORAFITE, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA, May 25, 2013 - It was a day of joy and gratitude, as the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, families, education, healthcare and infrastructure development, presented checks to the beneficiaries of its 2013 Scholarship Award Scheme.

The forty two recipients, comprising 34 undergraduates, six post graduates, and two secondary school leavers, became the latest beneficiaries. To date, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has bestowed scholarships on a total of 120 recipients.

In a welcome address on Saturday, May 25, 2013, delivered by Mrs. C.N. Ufondu, the Education Secretary of the Sir Emeka Offor Fondation, she thanked the founder, Sir Emeka Offor, for the “great and unique opportunity” he has given to “indigent pupils at all levels of education irrespective of state or local government of origin.”

Mrs. Ufondu went on to congratulate the recipients, and repeated the gesture of the founder that anyone who will graduate with a first class honors in any discipline of study at the undergraduate level will receive a new car and automatic employment.

Last year, Mrs. Ebere Anaegbuonu, a beneficiary of a scholarship from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, graduated with first class honors from the Department of Industrial Physics, Anambra State University, Uli. The achieventement earned Mrs. Anaegbuonu a car and an offer of automatic employment.

Mrs. Ufondu also warned that any laxity in their academic endeavors would lead to the termination of the scholarship by the Foundation.

At the end of the event, which was highlighted by the ceremonial presentation of the checks by Sir Emeka Offor to the recipients, a vote of thanks was given by C.L. Chukwuma, ESQ., on behalf of the pioneer post graduate beneficiaries of the scheme.

Mr. Chukwuma expressed his profound gratitude to Sir Emeka Offor and the Foundation for the philanthropic gesture. He stated that the foundation has made education available to the poor, given hope to hopeless and transformed the state of the common man. He went on to announce a proposal by the beneficiaries that they float a program tagged, “Sir Emeka Offor Education Scholarship Beneficiaries Association (SEOESBA)”, subject to permission of the foundation, through which they could carry out education enlightenment programs as their own way of giving back to society and continue the legacy of Sir Emeka Offor and the Foundation.

Mr. Chkwuma ended with a prayer for God`s blessing upon Sir Emeka Offor and the Foundation.

About the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Oraifite, Anambra State, Nigeria. The Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. To date, the foundation has committed more than ?750 million ($4.7 million USD) to charitable projects. For more information, visit http://sireofforfoundation.org or like us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sir-Emeka-Offor-Foundation/186302151410678.