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SBC unveils first class graduate as 7up 2022 Harvard Business School scholarship winner

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
04 August 2022   |   1:19 pm
Seven-up Bottling Company Limited (SBC), organisers of the 7up Harvard Business School Scholarship Program, has unveiled, a First class Economics graduate, Dafi Rogers-Halliday, as the winner of the fully-funded scholarship for 2022. The scholarship scheme celebrates and supports young promising Nigerians through MBA program funding at Harvard Business School. Dafi becomes the 12th beneficiary of…

L-R 7UP Chief Marketing Officer, Norden Thurston, mother of the 7up scholarship scheme winner, Mrs Floretta Rogers-Halliday, winner of the 7up Harvard Business School Scholarship Program, Dafi Rogers-Halliday and 7UP Managing Director, Chief Ziad Maalouf during the presentation of the scholarship.

Seven-up Bottling Company Limited (SBC), organisers of the 7up Harvard Business School Scholarship Program, has unveiled, a First class Economics graduate, Dafi Rogers-Halliday, as the winner of the fully-funded scholarship for 2022.

The scholarship scheme celebrates and supports young promising Nigerians through MBA program funding at Harvard Business School.

Dafi becomes the 12th beneficiary of the fully funded two-year program at Harvard Business School by SBC, joining the likes of Misan Rewane (2011), Olujimi Williams (2012), Mayowa Kuyoro (2013), Oluwasola Olaniyan (2014), Bankole Makanjuola (2015), Chidozie Ibekwe (2016), Ahmed Alimi (2017), Ulunma Izejiobi (2018), Anyanwu Maureen Uzoamaka (2019), and Abdul Rahman Buhari (2020) and Desayo O. Ajisegiri (2021).

Speaking on the feats on Wednesday, Dafi who graduated from Loughborough University, United Kingdom said the 7up scholarship will give a boost and create the avenue to focus on her studies without worries over her financial status.

Dafi while expressing joy for the scheme, promised to uphold the values on which the scholarship was awarded while acknowledging that other applicants gave her a good run for the scholarship.

Dafi said: “many eyes are watching so believe that your dreams are valid. I believed it and that is why I am here. If you want to take a chance at life it means that you have to come ready and part of coming ready is believing in the dreams that you have. I did not know that I was going to win the scholarship but I did my part by applying and believing it first, look at where we are today.”

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of SBC, Ziad Maalouf, noted that the move was part of its corporate social responsibility intended to deepen the development of young people.

He said: “we are convinced that the education and development of young Nigerians is crucial to the growth of the nation at large. Hence, the reason behind encouraging and empowering them to aim for their dreams.”

Maalouf also added that SBC is an organization keen on people, and this has fueled the company’s intention to inspire people not to give up on their aspirations and also take a step forward with them by empowering them.

He admonished the winner to give her best towards graduating with a distinction in Harvard Business School and come to Nigeria to use her skills, knowledge and experience to develop the nation.

Speaking further on the applications for this year’s scholarship, the Chief Marketing Officer, Norden Thurston, said, “As the year passes, many young Nigerians keep doubling the reasons why they are deserving of the scholarship and this year was no different. Their growth is something we are proud of and to continue supporting them is an action we do not intend to stop at Seven-Up Bottling Company.”

Norden added that building of great leaders through scholarships as well as other strides will remain a priority for the company – seven-up bottling company limited.