National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc has awarded nine students from Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) for their outstanding performance in the last academic year.
The students were from the faculties of Academy of Medical Services, Bingu School of Culture and Heritage, Malawi Institute of Technology, and Ndata School of Climate Change and Earth Sciences.
NBM Chief Executive Officer (CEO), McFussy Kawawa said they continue awarding the best students as part of motivating them to work hard in class.
Kawawa said since it's inception, the programme has yielded the expected results with MUST vice chancellor, Professor Address Malata being one of the beneficiaries some 40 years ago.
"If we are to progress faster as a nation, we need to be creative and innovative. Every time these boys look at the awards, they will be motivated to work hard. As National Bank, we are proud to be associated with the outstanding performance by the students," he said.
Professor Malata concurred with Kawawa on the need to motivate the students saying as a new University they have alot of programmes that can help the country in terms of innovation.
"These students performed well in the last academic year. All of them scored above 85 percent on average. These awards will therefore encourage them and other students to work hard. Some of them have fees issues, and also assist their relatives and would use part of the money to sort out such issues," she said.
Faith Banda, a 19- year-old awardee in her final year at the faculty of Climate and Health Sciences said she has always wanted to be one of the recipients and the money will help her sort out some personal things.
"I am so excited to be one of the beneficiaries. It is not easy getting these awards and it good to note that even our vice chancellor was one of the recipients in her college days," she said.
The awardees got a certificate and K450,000 each from the bank.
The list of the awardees include: Freedom Kafantaye, Wickson Mahindra, and Manase Mtendere from the Academy of Medical Sciences, while Blessings Phiri is from the Bingu School of Culture And Heritage.
Daniel Sibale and Simeon Matama, and Symon Yohane were outstanding from the Malawi Institute of Technology, while Banda and Hastings Hatton emerged best performers from Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences.