An American don and Professor of Food Microbiology from the College of Agricultural Sciences, PennState University, United States of America, Professor Stephen Knabel has donated a cash award of fifty thousand naira (N50, 000.00) to Miss Akande Oluwaseun Lynda. Miss Akande is a 300 level student in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST), School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), Federal University of Technology, Akure. The money which is an honorarium due to Professor Knabel as an External Examiner was generously donated to a student with some financial challenges in the Department of Food Science and Technology. Selecting candidate for the award, certain students in the category, were identified and interviewed. Of the five that were rigorously interviewed twice, Akande Oluwaseun Lynda with Matric No. FST/12/8808 was picked.
Presenting the award to Lynda, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola said “This is a very rare opportunity coming your way to assist your education. It may look little, but it will go a long way to help you if judiciously utilized. In spite of the hardship in the world, there are still some people with godly mind who think of the underprivileged. Human nature is to have more all the time, but Professor Stephen Knabel has demonstrated the spirit of a Good Samaritan to you. You have to be grateful to God”.
In a chat with Lynda, she said the award came to her as a surprise. “Our Class Coordinator just called me one day asking for my result in the previous session. I was scared and confused, wondering the reason for the request. He said one of our lecturers asked for it. Few weeks after, five of us were interviewed twice and later, I was invited by the Students’ Affairs Division. I started praying, not knowing the reason for inviting me at the department and the Students’ Affairs. But at the end of it all, I thank God I smiled.”
Speaking further, Lynda said “I feel highly delighted been so honoured with the cash award. I also give praise to the Lord for a rare privilege of meeting the Principal Officers of the University in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. Ordinarily, I may not have been able to enter the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, but Professor Knabel gave me dual opportunities- a cash award of fifty thousand and a privilege to enter the Vice-Chancellor’s Office as a student where the cash was handed over to me”.
“I plan to invest the money wisely for it to increase. I trust God that this little beginning will grow and I will never forget my benefactor, Professor Stephen Knabel.”
Lynda also said this about FUTA “I see a level of trust in the operation of FUTA. In other places someone could have pocketed the money and not allow it get to the beneficiary. FUTA is a University to be trusted. These few years of my study, I have seen staff relating with students like parent/children and brothers/sisters. I am proud to be a Futarian. I also pray for more of such opportunities for students who may have financial challenges. This will encourage and enable them complete their studies. I also look forward, God helping me, to be able to assist the less privilege in the future. Professor Knabel’s gesture has taught me a great lesson in life. It further confirms the fact that God is always there for those who put their trust in Him” Lynda added.
In a letter of appreciation to Professor Knabel rooted through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Lynda wrote “This seed you have sown has made me to dream afresh and aim for the best in my academic pursuit. I will always be grateful for this wonderful gesture of yours”.
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