No fewer than 15,700 students in tertiary and elementary schools in Benue State and beyond have benefitted from David Mark Scholarship Foundation.
The scholarship has gulped about N500million since inception in 2007.
The beneficiaries included 14,703 students from various universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, as well as school of nursing.
A statement by Media Assistant to Senator David Mark, Paul Mummeh, said that the beneficiaries were classified into five categories including students of tertiary institutions, gifted girl child, orphans and vulnerable children as well as special awards.
While distributing the awards to beneficiaries in Otukpo, Benue State, over the weekend, Mark restated his passion for education.
He said: “For me, education is a passion. I wish that every citizen has access to quality and functional education.
“This would eliminate ignorance, diseases and societal vices. Besides, some people would not take advantage or manipulate the uneducated needlessly.”
He promised to sustain the scholarship foundation no matter the challenges.
The immediate Senate President said: “I cannot play politics with this foundation. I don’t need to. For those who criticise me, they should not bother or worry.
“They can simply do theirs. I believe that if every other person who is well placed under takes to train at least two uneducated citizens annually, we would be able to wipe out illiteracy in our society in no distant time.”