The leadership of Bong County recently announced the awarding of 400 scholarships to underprivileged students hailing from the county attending the Cuttington University in Suakoko.
Making the disclosure recently, the chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus Representative George Mulbah, said the scholarships are part of the county’s human resource development programs initiated to ensure learning opportunities are provided citizens of the county.
He indicated that previously, a little over one hundred fifty students benefited from the scholarship scheme at the Cuttington University, but the increment was necessitated following consultation among leaders of the county as well as appeals from the student community.
Representative Mulbah, who also heads the Bong County Development Management Committee (BCDMC), further disclosed each beneficiary of the scholarship program before being admitted to the process is under obligation to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the county leadership, pledging to provide services to the county at least for a year following the completion of studies.
He said this is intended for all those benefiting from the program to give back to the county after they have acquired education through financial assistance from home, which will help in the social economic development process of not only Bong, but the entire country.
The Bong Legislative Caucus chair however averred beneficiaries of the program will only remain on the scholarship up to graduation, provided they maintain a GPA of 2.5 each semester as stipulated in the MOU.
According to him, funding for the Bong County scholarship scheme is being provided through the social development fund received annually from Arcelor Mittal and China Union, two concession companies operating in Bong.
He said with four hundred students now admitted at Cuttington University, the county leadership is under obligation to pay a little over one hundred sixty eight thousand United States Dollars(168,000.00 USD) each semester to the administration of the University.
Besides Cuttington, Bong County students at the University of Liberia and other private universities, including AMEU, UMC, AMEUZ and BWI are also beneficiaries.
Meanwhile recent beneficiaries of the scholarship at Cuttington University have lauded the leadership of Bong for the bold step taken to absorbed huge number of students on the program.
The over two hundred students during their formal admittance indicated the current leaders of the county will forever be remembered for their immense contribution towards the improvement of education and the human resource development of the county.
The students pledged to perform academically in line with MOU signed with the county’s authorities to ensure they remain on the program and complete their studies.