President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured recent graduates on her scholarship of her continued support aimed at giving meaning to their lives.
An Executive Mansion release said president Sirleaf gave the assurance when five beneficiaries, including two visually impaired, of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Scholarship Program presented her a Certificate of Appreciation to commend and personally extend to her thanks and appreciation for funding their undergraduate studies at the premier university.
They paid President Sirleaf a courtesy call at her temporary Foreign Ministry office last Friday, October 23, 2015. The five recipients graduated from the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County on September 26, 2015.
She congratulated the graduates, noted that she would ensure that those who would like to pursue further studies would be provided the opportunity, while those who chose to seek employment in Liberia would be absorbed.
Eighteen students are sponsored by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Scholarship Program at Cuttington University. Twenty-two year old Lawrence Stepney, who received a degree in Chemistry (magna cum laude), has benefitted from President Sirleaf’s scholarship since the 9th grade at the St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 2009. He was later taken off the scholarship following his graduation from high school. In 2011, he was placed back on the scholarship until his recent graduation from Cuttington University with high honors. Stepney hopes to pursue graduate studies in chemical or mechanical engineering or geo-physics.
Visually impaired Emery Jessie, who received a degree in Public Administration, entered Cuttington University in 2009 on the university’s scholarship; but had to drop after two semesters when the scholarship expired. He didn’t have the finances to continue and had to go back to the classroom to teach.