To support more students pursuing education in agriculture, the management of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) last Friday presented its annual scholarship check of US$100,000 to the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to benefit the various universities.
The presentation was done at the Ministry of Agriculture’s conference room in Gardnersville, Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia.
Giving an overview of the scholarship, Jean Hannah-Thompson, GVL Manager Career and Education Resource Network, made it clear that the check was not going into the account of the Ministry of Agriculture but that it was being directed to the accounts of the universities.
She said those who are benefiting from the scholarship went through the proper channel by filling in their application forms, and most with a grade point average of 2.5 or 3.2.
She disclosed that since the beginning of the scholarship fund, GVL has so far donated a total of US$600,000 to various universities for students in agriculture programs.
More than 1,000 individual scholarship packages have been distributed to deserving Liberian students.
The scholarships, she said are awarded in co-llaboration with four leading universities, namely W.V.S. Tubman University, the University of Liberia, Cuttington University and United Methodist University. The Booker Washington Institute (BWI) is also among the benefiting institutions.
Representing the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Moses Zinnah, the Deputy Minister for Administration, Charles McClain, lauded GVL for living up to its promise of helping Liberians to be educated in agriculture.
He urged student beneficiaries to take advantage of the scholarship by making sure they are totally involved with agricultural.
He meanwhile called on the GVL management to also provide jobs for the students upon their graduation as part of the concession agreement between GVL and the Government.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Pauline Kamara, a student of the Booker Washington Institute, lauded GVL for the level of support given to students in various institutions.
Ms. Kamara said through the help of GVL several students are expressing interest in the field, and urged her fellow students to take advantage of agriculture to help the country in food production.
Representatives of various universities expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to GVL for providing scholarships for the students to help boost agriculture in the country.