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Youthful Liberian awarded scholarship to further soccer career in USA

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Little Milton Jones
Little Milton Jones

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Fay School in Boston, United States of America has awarded a three-year scholarship to athlete Milton Sam Jones to further his academic and soccer career at that learning institution.

Little Jones,  at aged 12, left Liberia Friday, June 21, 2017 to begin his academic and soccer career at Fay School. He was recruited by Nation One Academy – Liberia, a sporting institution located in Paynesville, Montserrado County- outside the Capital, Monrovia.

The Academy’s Director, Melton Yoko, said:  “Little Jones will be at the school for the first three years at Nation One Academy Head Offices”.

Making the disclosure Friday, July 21, 2017, Mr. Yoko stressed that the Fay School in Boston has paid the fees for Little Milton Jones, and based on his performance   in the first three years, his scholarship could be extended to another three years, and even up to playing college level soccer in the United States.

“Milton Jones is the first recruit of Nation One Academy – Liberia to be awarded such a scholarship, after years of trying to get talented Liberian athletes out of Liberia to showcase their wonderful skills”, Mr. Yoko stated.

He said Fay School in Massachusetts, Boston, in partnership with Nation One Academy – Liberia, has being helping children since 1866 and is one of the oldest boarded schools in the United States.

He extended thanks and appreciation to Nation One Academy Chief Executive Officer, Octawie Tahmoore, USA, for his tireless efforts to connect Little Milton with   Rev. Samuel Enders of African Dream Academy for his vital support to Nation One Academy and such a prestigious school.

Mr. Yoko warned: “You Milton is going to the USA as an ambassador not only for Nation One Academy but for Liberia, the manner and way you will conduct yourself will open more opportunities for other young athletes in Liberia. Please behave.” 

He vowed that Nation One Academy – Liberia will be recruiting qualified students across the country, including areas of low level of education.


Little Milton along  withthe Academy’s Director, Melton Yoko and    his Mother, Annie Jones

In a joyous mood, Master Milton thanked those who were working behind the scene that led him to his selection to earn the scholarship, and promised to be a true representative of Liberia.

“I will do all I can to proof myself for more Liberians who are members of the Academy to benefit the same opportunity, being the first beneficiary from Nation One Academy”.

The Mother of  Milton, Mrs. Jones said: “The selection of  my son came as a surprise, though  I turned  him over to Mr. Yoko to mentor him since Milton loves soccer, look what has happened today, I thank God”.

Little Milton Sam Jones was born August 16, 2005, was a student at the ELWA Academy in Paynesville, prior to his recruitment, from a community league organized by Nation One Academy Director, Melton Yoko.


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