The scholarship manager at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Madam Nyemadi Pearson, has revealed that plans are underway for the entity to extend its scholarship scheme to other institutions of learning across the country, especially high schools.
Since 2011, over 1,000 college and university students have benefitted from the ‘full scholarship Scheme’ of the NOCAL Scholarship Program. Students attending Bong, Bassa and Nimba Community Colleges are presently being sponsored.
In Monrovia, NOCAL’s scholarship students are attending the University of Liberia, Cuttington University, AMEU, UMU, AMEZU, and Stella Maris Polytechnic amongst others.
Madam Pearson said that the inclusion of secondary students (high school students) in its Scholarship Program focuses on the fact that there are some students desperate to learn in need of ‘complete’ support.
The NOCAL Scholarship Manager made the disclosure recently, when she was certificated and gowned by the Concerned Students Movement at the United Methodist University (COSTUMO), for her contributions in reforming Liberia’s damaged education sector.
“NOCAL's endeavors are for every Liberian; we want them to benefit from its scholarship initiative, which will be done in line with merit, not who you know. The entity’s scholarship scheme will continue to target deserving students, those who are in need as well as students with the GPA of three points (3.0) and above,” ” Madam Pearson said.
She added: “Handling this program at NOCAL is not an easy thing, but thank God that I am trying my best and will not be partial in the process; even though the United Methodist University is where I graduated from.”
The President and Vice President of COSTUMO, J. Lawrence Soah, Jr., and Emmanuel J. Morris in separate remarks, said Pearson’s contributions to the education sector would go a long way in helping more Liberians by giving them the opportunity to pursue their respective studies.
They lauded Madam Pearson for the dramatic increment in the scholarship listing, stating “her innovation and sincerity has compelled the Board of Directors to approve the budget to increase the numbers of students, which is worth commendation.”
The Concerned Students Movement (COSTUMO) at the United Methodist University— established May-2013— is currently providing financial aid to 25 students at the total of about L$40,000, with 15 students benefiting from its scholarship program at the UMU.
Mr. Soah said modalities are being worked out to have other students at various colleges and universities included on its scholarship initiative, including the University of Liberia and AMEU.
Besides, Madam Pearson, several education personalities including stakeholders and businesspersons were also certificated and honored by COSTUMO for their numerous contributions in helping to transform Liberia’s education section.
They were Dr. Ezzat N. Eid, President of the World Lebanese Culture Union of Liberia; Mr. Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Vice President, Business and Finance – UMU; Mr. Dennis Smith, Comptroller – UMU; Mr. Theophilus A. Snotor, Scholarship Director, Education Ministry; Ms. Pnehwon C. Harris, Student Recorder Manager, UMU and Ms. Olivia Tah Johnson, Scholarship Coordinator, LISCR.
Others were Mrs. Linda W. Tewuleh, Administrative Assistance, Division of Scholarship, Education Ministry; Mr. Robert Jay, Scholarship Coordinator, JJ Roberts Education Foundation; Mr. Joseph Ofosu, IT Director, UMU and Mrs. K.S. Reeves, Lecturer, UMU.