The Eta Beta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has awarded ten women scholarships to study at any university of their choice in Liberia.
The society President, Clarine Simpson Vaughn said the women who were chosen after a rigorous competitive process which lasted six months.
Madam Vaugh added every New Year’s Eve, since 2015, they hosts an elegant fundraising ball to raise money for scholarships and a year ago, the organization officially launched a competitive process in which Liberian college women of high academic standing were invited to submit applications along with supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation.
“Upon meeting the approval of the organization’s Scholarship Committee based on established criteria, eligible young women were invited to be interviewed. During the interview process, the candidates responded in writing to an impromptu essay question and submitted themselves to a personal interview,” she added.
The scholarship winners for the academic year are Frances K. Borlay, Anja Ricks, Alberta Tsiquaye, Judith M. Dorwelee, Charlesetta Wiles, and Princess Ekanem. Others are Lovette G. Kromah, Danlette Berrian, Samira Agbator and Mawah Kromah.
“These women are majoring in subjects as diverse as nursing, agriculture, economics, development studies and information technology. Notably, two of these young women are alumni of ASCEND – a high school educational enrichment program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,” Madam Vaugh noted.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is an organization of college women established on the campus of the historically African American institution, Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1908. Since then, this dynamic, global institution has committed itself to scholarship and service to all humankind.
According to the AKA president, the organization remains committed to supporting the scholarship recipients through graduation from their respective programs as long as they maintain their grade point averages and continue to meet the high standards of this noble organization.
“We are so pleased to launch this scholarship, and we are excited by the talent and potential demonstrated by our first cohort of scholarship recipients.” She said.
For her part, Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, Chair of the Scholarship Committee and Vice President for Academic Support at AMEU, re-quoted a Fanti proverb, “When you educate a man, you educate an individual; but, when you educate a woman, you educate an entire nation.”