British Ambassador to Liberia, David Belgrove had good news for Liberian students who have earned a first degree in their areas of discipline. They qualify for the United Kingdom’s (UK) “Chevening Scholarship” to study in that country.
Addressing hundreds of students at the University of Liberia (UL) recently on the procedures to earn the UK scholarships, Ambassador Belgrove said two conditions have to be met. He said those wishing to benefit from the scholarship scheme must commit to returning to their home country to meaningfully contribute to nation building upon the completion of their academic work in the UK.
The other condition, said Ambassador Belgrove, is the proficiency of candidates in the English language. The UK government requires candidates for the scholarships to make a score of not less than 6.5 on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) British English proficiency test. TOEFL is an online international test for foreign students who want to enter English schools.
Belgrove called on interested candidates to begin studying English and develop good spelling skills.
The scholarships are fully funded by the UK Government and cover travel expenses.
Belgrove further informed the students that the scholarships are to prepare future leaders with good academic backgrounds that have demonstrated leadership skills.
Applicants are to apply online and answer all questions appropriately with the needed information.
Information about universities working along with the Chevening Scholarships is online and students have to first apply to those institutions and be accepted before applying for the scholarship.
Ambassador Belgrove said the scholarship has 46,000 alumni thus far.
He also informed students and faculty that the UK Government is awarding 1,500 scholarships worldwide and therefore called on Liberians, especially females to take advantage of the opportunity.
Dr. Ophelia Weeks, UL Vice President for Academic Affairs, described the scholarship program as a “Golden opportunity”. She said it was the first time that an ambassador had come to the university’s campus to explain processes leading to obtaining a scholarship.
Professor Marcus S. Sokpah, a onetime beneficiary of the UK scholarship, said it was an interesting idea for an ambassador of a country to walk to students to encourage them about a learning opportunity.
He said the scholarship exposes a person to a wide range of issues and it helps to acquaint a student with other scholars around the world.
He urged students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.
At the climax of the scholarship launch, the vice president for UL Relations, Norris Tweah commended the British Ambassador for taking the time to explain the significance of the scholarship to Liberian students.