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Gov’t provides over 10,000 Local, Int’l scholarships

LINA/Benjamin S. Taingay
Education Minister, George Werner
Education Minister, George Werner

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberian Government has provided about 10,400 local and international scholarships to Liberian students over the past 10 years.

Of this number, 10,000 scholarships were awarded local students, while 400 went to international post-graduate students, based on merit.

According to a release, the disclosure was made by authorities of the Ministry of Education during a Montserrado County Valedictorian Award ceremony held over the weekend at the University of Liberia in Monrovia.

The release quotes the Ministry as saying: “The scholarship program has been extended to the various counties through the County Education Officers.”  

“To qualify, students are required to maintain an average of 80 percent, or above, at grade school level and 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) at tertiary level,” the Ministry, in the release, said.

It noted that the Liberian Government remains committed to ensuring that educational opportunities are equally available to all students of the various communities across the country.

The Ministry emphasized: “President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf instituted the Inter-Ministerial Scholarship Committee in 2010, which receives scholarship offers for the post-graduate level from international partners through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

“The scholarships are administered on the basis of merit, transparency and accountability, and are focused on the sciences and related development courses for which candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be qualified for.”

Explaining a memorandum of understanding, the Ministry also noted:   “Upon completion of their studies abroad, the students are required to return to Liberia and to serve their country for two consecutive years before venturing into providing private sector service.”

 


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