Eight undergraduates from various universities in Liberia have been awarded the ArcelorMittal Liberia Advanced Studies Scholarships to study at universities in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana, starting early September 2013.
Now in its second year, these scholarships, provided by ArcelorMittal Liberia in collaboration with the Government of Liberia as per the MDA (Mineral Development Agreement), offer students the opportunity to study at any partner university in Liberia, India, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and China.
The students, seven male and one female, all met the scholarship criteria, including a minimum average score of 3.0 or better grade point average. Upon applying for the scholarships, they were vetted through a process which they all described as “very transparent”.
The successful candidates are James Sumo, Packson Wleh, Eddie Farngalo, Albert Luogon, Aaron B. Sengbeh II, D. Oliver Saytarkon, Vinton J. Johnson and Sulee Nagbe. Their areas of studies are procurement and logistics, environmental planning and management, and pre-medicine. The students have chosen fields in which they can make a difference, by studying for professions in which there is a current lack of skills among Liberians, and a need for capacity building.
The students all expressed excitement at being able to train their fellow Liberians in their respective fields upon returning to Liberia with their post-graduate qualification.
The full scholarship includes a round-trip ticket to their preferred university, tuition, insurance, boarding and lodging, and pocket expenses. Upon return to Liberia, the students are required to work with the Government of Liberia or in the mining industry for a minimum of two years.