ArcelorMittal Liberia is now accepting applications for its Advanced Academic Studies Scholarship Program (AASSSP), which has this year been extended to include undergraduate studies in specific fields. Unlike previous years, when the scholarship program was restricted to students pursuing postgraduate degrees, this year the program has been expanded to include bachelor’s degrees in Mining, Geology and Mechanical Engineering.
The AASSSP was launched in August 2012 as part of the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) the company signed with the Liberian government. Under the terms of this provision of the MDA, the company will annually provide scholarships worth a total of US$ 200,000 to deserving Liberians wanting to pursue tertiary education in fields relating to the mining industry.
The program specifically supports students pursuing postgraduate and now undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Geology, Natural Sciences, Procurement and Logistics and Vocational or Technical Education. Applicants can choose a university from a wide range offered. Since its launch last year, 13 students have benefitted from the program and are currently enrolled at universities in Ghana, China, Australia, and Kenya.
“The undergraduate component has become necessary to help encourage incoming university students to consider a major in the natural sciences, geology and engineering while addressing the shortage of qualified Liberian personnel to work in mining related areas,” said Marcus Wleh, ArcelorMittal Liberia’s head of external affairs and corporate responsibility.
The requirements to qualify for a scholarship and related guidelines have been published in major dailies and are also available at any of the sites where the company maintains offices (Monrovia, Buchanan, Yekepa and Green Hill quarry.