ArcelorMittal Liberia has opened enrolment for international scholarships foryoung promising Liberians to join twenty-two others studying in top notch universities in China, Kenya, Ghana, and Australia as part of the company’s Advanced Academic Studies Scholarship Program.
A press release issued in Monrovia says as the Company kicks off its fourth cycle of applications and awards this week, the program which was launched in mid-2013 as a deliverable of the Mineral Development Agreement signed with the Liberian government, now boasts four graduates to date with post-graduate degrees in fields from procurement to engineering.
Marcus Wleh, head of Corporate Responsibility said, “The Program supports highly qualified young Liberians in obtaining advanced academic degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in fields related to the sciences, including mining.”
He said this year’s applicants will have a choice of five highly respected universities around the Continent, namely University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Mines and Technology (Tarkwa, Ghana), North West University (South Africa), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) and Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda).
Initially awarding only post graduate scholarships,the release said in 2014 the Program expanded its support to undergraduate students; therefore today bachelors, masters, MD and PHDs in engineering, mining, civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical, architecture, computer engineering, geology, and medicine make up the spectrum from which students can choose their potential degrees.
The transparency in the process has been applauded by beneficiaries of the program. Albert Luogon, an MBA, Procurement and Logistics Management graduate who studied at the University of Nairobi, Kenya described his experience as “wonderful and challenging,” stating that he took up the challenge to apply and was confident in himself. According to Samuel Nyema, an M.Sc, Procurement and Logistics graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science & Technology, “I graduated in August and got the information in September. I had no contact.
If I tell people I did not give money, it’s hard for them to believe. It requires perseverance,” he said. “Don’t let opportunities pass you by,” he advises prospective applicants. ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Press Release