The Council of Ewe Associations of North America (hereby
referred to as CEANA), bearing in mind the poverty and
suffering of the Ewe People in Eweland, decided at its
annual conference in Los Angeles in September 2000 to
adopt and embrace an Educational Scholarship Program to
support the efforts of the parents of Senior Secondary
School wards at home. The popular notion of sources of
scholarships is that they accrue from large reserves of
money donated by philanthropists. The CEANA scholarship
is markedly different from this notion. It is rather
based on the monthly donation of one dollar each from
hardworking, and sometimes poor, Ewes, in North America
some of whom could not even support their own relatives’
education back home on Eweland in Ghana, Togo and Benin.
Our belief is that it is better for one of the best of
us to be saved than for all of us to perish.
The CEANA Scholarship is borne of goodwill,
determination, commitment, dedication, hard work and
love for motherland - Eweland. We hope that its
recipients accept and treat it as such.
Aims and Objectives of the CEANA Scholarship
The aims and objectives of the CEANA Scholarship are:
(a) To promote healthy academic competition among
school-going Ewe youths.
(b) To give financial assistance to the poor but hard
working and brilliant final year students of the
following intermediate national schooling structure:
i. Junior Secondary Schools in the Ghana educational
ii. College Schools in the Togo educational system
iii. College Schools in the Benin educational system
(c) The scholarship is intended to cover the three year
pre-university schools of the nation’s educational
structure below and will be adjusted to cover the
corresponding number of years in case the school’s
duration or structure changes in the future.
i. Senior Secondary School or equivalent academic
Vocational/Technical institution in the Ghana
ii. Lycée Schools or equivalent academic
Vocational/Technical institution in the Togo educational
iii. Lycée Schools or equivalent academic
Vocational/Technical institution in the Benin
The Council of Representatives (COR), the governing body
of CEANA, has accepted the following guidelines as the
rules and regulations governing the CEANA scholarship.
They are as follows:
Selection of Winners/Awardees
1.1 Five (5) Scholarships each from the three Eweland
nations would be awarded to the final year students
gaining admission into the pre-university Schools from
national intermediate Schools. All candidates shall
write and submit an Essay on the subject “My Financial
Situation and Relative Future Career Goals” or on a
subject proposed by the coordinators and approved by COR.
The Essay must be submitted together with the
application to the CEANA Secretariat for COR's approval.
1.2 The Scholarships cover three years of the
pre-university institutions or as the duration may be
structured in the future.
1.3 The recipients should have performed well in the
final national intermediate Examinations as determined
by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or by
examining governing body of Ghana, Togo and Benin and
reviewed by the Scholarship Awards Committee comprising
of the Scholarships Coordinators in Ghana, Togo and
Benin, then by the CEANA Secretariat and finally by the
1.4 The award recipient should be Ewe by birth; that is,
one of his or her parents should be an Ewe.
1.5 The award recipient should have attended the
intermediate School in Eweland and be proceeding to a
pre-university institution in Eweland.
1.6 The award recipient should have attended a Public
intermediate School and NOT a Private intermediate
1.7 Except otherwise stated, the same amount shall be
awarded to all the awardees.
1.8 Apart from good academic performance, award
recipient must establish economic need for the awards.
Preference will be given to very good students who have
proven need for financial assistance.
1.9 Scholarship recipients who will like to cross
national borders to continue with their education will
be permitted to transfer their scholarships provided
they remain in Eweland.
1.10 As CEANA scholarships are awarded for use in
Eweland, any recipient who shall transfer outside
Eweland shall forfeit his or her scholarship. His/Her
scholarship shall be re-awarded by COR on the
recommendations of the Secretariat and the Educational
1.11 Write an Essay on the subject “My financial
situation and relative future career goals” or on a
subject proposed by the coordinators and approved by COR.
2. Maintaining the CEANA Scholarship
2.1 CEANA Scholarship recipients shall maintain above
average academic performance. Disciplinary actions shall
be taken against award recipients who fail to maintain
good performance. Any recipient of CEANA scholarship,
who fails his/her classes and are denied promotion to
the next class, shall forfeit their CEANA
scholarship unless it is determined that the failure is
due to prolonged hospitalised illness.
2.2 If a scholarship recipient is dismissed from school
for misconduct and or for reason other than academic
(including pregnancy or related sexual activities),
he/she shall forfeit his/her scholarship. Should the
said recipient transfer to another school in Eweland and
still need assistance, the Educational Committee and the
Secretariat shall investigate and recommend to COR if
the award should be renewed. Under no circumstances,
should the CEANA scholarship be paid for a student who
repeats a class other than stated in 2.1 above.
2.3 CEANA scholarships shall be awarded to individuals.
They shall be neither transferable not inheritable.
3. Method of Payment
3.1 No percentage of the CEANA scholarship shall be
given to the individual winner.
3.2 The total value of the scholarship shall be paid
directly to the winner’s school through the local
coordinators if possible and shall be used to pay for
school fees. Any individuals who shall make private
arrangements with their schools to cash the CEANA
scholarship for personal use shall forfeit their awards.
Receipts (in the total amount of the scholarship) from
the schools of the CEANA scholarship winners shall be
kept on file at the Secretariat for audit purposes.
3.3 Should a chosen CEANA scholarship winner be known to
have received another award (be it private or
government) for the payment of his/her school fees, the
CEANA scholarship shall be returned to CEANA and the COR
shall re-award the scholarship accordingly or disburse
it as it deems appropriate.
4.1 CEANA Scholarships are awarded yearly and are
subject to yearly renewal per the following provisions.
4.2 In order to obtain renewal, each CEANA scholarship
recipient shall submit his/her academic results for the
preceding year and a testimonial from his/her House
Master/Mistress or School Principal through their
Scholarships Coordinator in Ghana, Togo and Benin for
CEANA Secretariat’s review. These documents must be sent
to the CEANA Scholarships Coordinators in the respective
country (Ghana, Togo and Benin) to reach the coordinator
before the end of February of each year the renewal is
sought. The coordinator shall submit same to the CEANA
secretariat by the end of June of that year. The
Secretariat shall submit the said documents to COR by
the end of July or explain why scholarship shall not be
renewed for a specific year in which clause 4.2 shall be
used to deny a student scholarship. 4.3 CEANA shall
reserve the sole right and responsibility to award CEANA
scholarships, deny CEANA scholarships, approve renewal,
deny renewal, seeks reimbursement and to re-award all
CEANA scholarships as it deems appropriate and its
decisions shall be final. This “sole right and
responsibility” must always be approved by the COR else
the act of denial of renewal shall become a nullity.
5. Privately Sponsored Scholarships
CEANA shall continue to render the service of
coordinating privately sponsored /owned scholarships for
CEANA-member donors in the Ewe Community.
5.1 In order to maintain the integrity of such
scholarships, CEANA shall accept the total amount of all
private scholarships (covering the entire duration of
the pre-university education) upfront.
5.2 Private scholarships shall bear the names of their
donors or the names given to the scholarship by their
5.3 Generally, private scholarship donors shall pick
winners from the shortlist prepared by the Scholarships
Coordinators and the Secretariat. Should a private donor
demand criteria other than those already in use (by the
Secretariat), he/she/it shall submit a written guideline
to the Secretariat outlining such criteria. The Private
Sponsor(s) shall pay an administrative fee to implement
their procedure. The cost of the administrative fee
shall be determine by COR
5.4 Private Scholarships shall be governed by the same
guidelines as the CEANA Scholarships. Should a private
donor demand different guidelines, the sponsor shall
present such written guidelines to the Secretariat and
shall pay an administrative fee as stated in 5.3 above.
5.5 CEANA shall administer/coordinate all private
scholarships as stated by the donor’s documented
criteria for selections and guidelines. CEANA shall not
be responsible for any legal and/or other issues
relating to the criteria and guidelines of the private
scholarships. The donors shall be responsible for
answering any such questions if and when they arise.
Such questions must be communicated to the respective
the private donor by the secretariat in a written format
and shall be documented or filed.
THE COUNCIL OF EWE ASSOCIATIONS
OF NORTH AMERICA
P.O BOX 8436
SILVER SPRING MD 20907