Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Monrovia has launched its scholarship program for 2016/2017.
The scholarship program, according to the entity’s statement over the weekend, is intended to contribute to the upliftment of the country’s education system and further support the students.
The scholarships, the statement said, will benefit students pursuing four-year bachelor degrees in various disciplines at the University of Liberia, Cuttington University, United Methodist University, African Methodist Episcopal University, Stella Maris Polytechnic, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, and the William V.S. Tubman University.
The Fraternity has budgeted thousands of United States dollars for awarding multiple scholarships to eligible candidates who meet or exceed the established criteria. “We have plans to expand to other institutions over time as additional resources are secured,” the statement said.
The deadline for the submission of applications for the upcoming academic year is April 15. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one semester of college, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, three letters of recommendation including one from the university, a letter from a place of worship, and a letter from a civic or community leader of prominence within the applicant’s community.
Another requirement is a two to three-pages type written essay on the topic, “What are the Major Challenges Confronting the Youth of Liberia Today, and What Solutions do you Propose to Address Those Issues?” Evidence of demonstrated financial need (a bill from the school reflecting applicant’s financial obligation), an interview conducted in person before the full Education and Scholarship Committee of the Fraternity and two passport size photos with white background are also required.
The scholarship application and instructions are currently available through emailing the Fraternity at [email protected] Applicants who fail to follow the instructions or fail to meet the criteria will not be considered. However, only the most competitive applicants will be selected, and that all decisions and awards will be made prior to commencement of the academic year.