Chioma Nnebedum, the overall best graduating student of the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu has been awarded $10,000.
The money is the prize attached to winning the Donald Duke Award for Best Graduating Student.
Nnebedum, a first class graduate of Accounting/Finance, received the award on Saturday in Enugu during the 4th Convocation Ceremony of the institution.
Added to this, she also went home with N100,000 as the best graduating student of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences and N20,000 as the Accounting/Finance Best Graduating Student.
She was selected valedictorian and in her speech attributed her feat to doggedness, parental support and a desire for excellence.
She urged her fellow graduates not to fear for what the future held for them but to get involved in the onslaught against corruption by the Federal Government.
Nnebedum said that their involvement in the fight against corruption and indiscipline had become imperative in order for Nigerians, and especially the youths to reclaim their future.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Christian Anieke, said the institution recognised that education was not the exclusive right of the rich.
He said the social teaching of the Catholic Church emphasizes strongly creation of options for the poor, adding that “this explains why the institution has continued to offer scholarships to indigent students from all parts of the country.
“Apart from the vice chancellor’s extensive scholarship programme, the university has offered over 50 scholarships since its inception,” he said.
Anieke said that the institution had taken several people in the state and beyond out of the labour market as it had in its payroll over 1000 workers.
“In addition, more than 5,000 people are indirectly employed by Godfrey Okoye University through the services they are rendering to the institution,” he said.
Anieke said that the university would not be measured by the numbers of first class graduates it had produced but on how well it had served the community by delivering services that improved lives.