Cummings Foundation Provides 20 Scholarships for Young Liberians

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Mr. and Mrs. Cummings with scholarship beneficiaries shortly during the CAF Honoring and Award Program

The Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) over the weekend provided 20 fully funded scholarships to young Liberians who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and agriculture.

After receiving 92 applications, 26 were selected for the interview and 20 of the applicants were successfully awarded the scholarship.

Beneficiaries of the program are from 11 tertiary institutions including the Adventist University of West Africa, African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, Bluecrest University College, Bong County Technical College, Cuttington University College and Graduate School, Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Smythe Institute of Science and Technology, Starz College of Science and Technology, Stella Maris Polytechnic University and United Methodist University, University of Liberia.

At the Foundation’s Honoring and Award Program in Monrovia, the founders, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander B. Cummings exhorted the scholarship recipients to pursue excellence in order to be impactful in society.

Mr. Cummings said the future of the world is all about technology and, as such, the foundation is committed to supporting Liberians in pursuing their aspirations in their studies.

He urged the students to work harder to stay on the scholarship, indicating that “Liberians are exceptionally talented and smart like other people around the world.”

“I have been blessed to live and work in many countries in Africa and around the world. And I say to you that those people are not any smarter than you are, as Liberians. It is all about giving you the opportunity to pursue your goal and, if given that opportunity, you will do well as they are,” Mr. Cummings said.

Mrs. Theresa Cummings, CAF’s Co-founder, said the foundation was established in 2015 by her family with a vision to empower Africa and Africans in the sectors of education, health and agriculture.

She underscored the core values of fostering a strong commitment to giving back to Liberia, drive results, collaborating and exercising a high degree of professional integrity and ethics in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities.

Mrs. Cummings also thanked parents of the scholars for their continued support, adding “the Scholars do not only need financial support but emotional and moral supports that will enable them provide excellent results.”

She stressed that it is the belief of the foundation that the education of the youth is the future for a better nation, adding: “by supporting the education of our young people, we are helping to create future doctors who can help build our healthcare system, technology specialists who can create apps that will improve our livelihood, engineers that can improve our infrastructure, scientists who can invent the next cure for future diseases and pandemics.”

She also disclosed that, since establishment of CAF in 2016, some of the impactful contributions of the foundation include the payment of WAEC fees and providing tutorial support for over 4,000 students from over 40 schools across Liberia at the cost of US$106,000; a donation of a 350 KVA generator to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) valued at US$67,000 and a monthly contribution of US$10,000 for the operation of the Alexander B. Cummings Model Science and Technology School in Duport Road, Paynesville.

She also pointed out that the foundation distributed medical equipment to six referral hospitals across Liberia including the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County;C. B. Dunbar, Gbarnga, Bong County; Government Hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County; J.J. Dossen in Harper, Maryland County; Gbeapo Health Center in Fish Town, River Gee County; and Star of the Sea Health Center in West Point, Montserrado County; all valued at US$565,000.

Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell, Country Director, CAF, said the scholar program began in 2017 and has since awarded nearly 200 scholarships covering approximately US$100,000.

She indicated that the scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, potential leadership skills, and demonstrated need, and as such, students who are awarded scholarships through the CAF scholarship program must maintain a “B” average and remain active in their communities. 

The Country Director said the program has grown significantly since its inception and, over the next few years as scholarship recipients graduate from college and enter the workforce, they expect to see measurable and impactful results.

Dr. Brownell said the Cummings Africa Foundation values education and believes that financial constraints should not limit a person from pursuing higher education, noting that the focus of the program is on STEM and agriculture disciplines because the foundation wants to see more Liberian doctors, engineers, scientists and agriculturalists.

Musulyn Ville, a scholarship beneficiary, thanked the Cummings Africa Foundation for giving her hope to get education that will make her impactful in society.

She recalled how her parents could not pay her fees but, with the intervention of the Foundation, she can now reach her educational goal.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Cummings!

    You are indeed molding the new breed of Liberians we envisage for our country. You are indeed planting seeds that can grow and flourish anywhere in the world. Continue your humanitarian gesture and help shape the destiny of our nation.

    Beware, we will comb the hills, mountains and valleys of Liberia, visiting every hamlet, village, town and city to ensure you can be given control of the resources of Liberia to enable Liberians to sing a new song.
    Be assured, I will be part of the caravan at the price of my life. We will face all adversities in our pursuit to get the message across, because I yearn to see my children return to a Liberia that can house, nurture and feed them.

    This is what we call humanitarian gesture. Some of you who are out there wasting precious resources ($250,000) for unproductive bridges, I beg you, contribute such amount to the Cummings Africa Foundation to channel it expediently.

    May God eradicate Liberia of strong women and men!

    • I think you misused the word eradicate in that last sentence…

      I applaud Mr. Cummings, I also applaud the individuals building bridges. Liberia needs all the help it can get.

      • Mr. Cooper,

        Do you know the demolition of any infrastructure is costlier than the construction of the same?

        Building bridges, roads, laying out cities, towns, etc.; the architectural design of any major community infrastructure in the (African) society is solely the responsibility of governments, simply because it requires huge investments with many experts coming in to play.

        Take my comment to the bank and let’s pray for long life. In 2 years, you will hear the bridges built are causing more harm than good for the communities.

        The sum of US $250,000 could easily guarantee a loan of about $1 million for major farmers in at least 3 counties. Such sum could be reimbursed in at most 7 years on cash crops and 4 years on food crops.
        Liberia is still importing onions, tomatoes, major dairy products, etc. Let’s try to put an end to it. Produce more and even export on the European markets for high currencies. Let’s help our people on this line if you can afford a quarter million dollars to give out freely!

        Let’s know how to help our people instead of wasting money that could be used wisely to directly and indirectly put food on the tables of at least 250 kilo people.

        I know it is the man’s money oooh, and so he can use it anyway he likes but I am just suggesting!

        • I’m not disagreeing with you at all. Let’s face it, this country in the 21st is worth off than it was when I was a kid growing up there in the 80s. I honestly believe that. There is little faith in the government and sadly enough there is a lot of enabling going on. I just feel like any contribution, whether in the form of scholarship or a bridge is worthwhile. I don’t know where they came up with that figure of $250k for that thing but still I think we can both agree that the scholarship will help tomorrow’s leaders and the bridges will help today’s communities. Like you said, government should be building infrastructure but I think we can both agree that that is not keeping up with the population.

          I hope that the current administration will do well; the people suffer if they do not. So many African nations have exceled past Liberia. I find it disgusting that the country continues to take donations like a beggar or pariah nation. In the end we both want to see the country do well and scholarships and bridges are a part of that.

  2. Alexander Benedict Cummings Is Coming! Cummings is coming with scholarships. It’s all good for now.

    Suggestion:
    Be not preoccupy with the source of his wealth. Be a sport. Just give Cummings a credit. Cummings certainly has a trove of shortcomings, but he has tried.

    Political Talk:
    A credit does not amount to a political endorsement of Cummings and his foundation.

    Scholarship:
    The scholarship issue should not be naively politicized. Every Liberian who lives in the diaspora and sponsors the education of his or her relative or fellow compatriot has awarded a scholarship.

  3. Grand Frere,

    We are waiting for you to let the cat out of the bag. Tell us the source/s of Cummings’ wealth.
    I know you have qualms with him, we are waiting for you to tell us the truth, then maybe you will also make someone like me to doubt the sane origin of Michael Bloomberg’s wealth. So, let the cat out of the bag for voters to decide in 2023, Grand Frere.

    Handouts (by parents, relatives and friends) IS NOT THE SAME as scholarship!
    A scholarship is a GRANT or PAYMENT made to support a student’s education, awarded on the BASIS OF ACADEMIC OR OTHER ACHIEVEMENT.

    I used to laugh when the CDC (then opposition) and some dodgy political gluttons were giving out handouts to our ignorant and impoverished students at the University of Liberia. My brother, cousin and nephew benefited from their handouts.
    If you were lucky to benefit from a semester tuition, the next semester, you should understand that they have to help other people, and so you should not come back. Laughable, isn’t it? Have you really helped?

    I (Petarus Dolo) benefited from scholarships. Imagine you pay my fees for one semester and I cannot continue for the other semesters, have you done any good with your money? You have simply wasted it, just for me to give you my vote in the upcoming election.
    This is how Weah and the CDC fooled our children.

    The Cummings Africa Foundation is offering full scholarships, not financial assistances. It means as long as you maintain a B Average, you will maintain the scholarship until graduation. This indeed, is scholarship.

    The people I talked with in the past about Weah and the CDC are calling me daily to tell me I was right. In those days, I could not tell them some things face-to-face, for fear of getting myself slapped.
    I saw a video clip where a young journalist had gone to a meeting in which people were saying negative things about Weah. This naïve journalist threatened to burst bottle and hurt anyone who spoke ills about his demigod Weah. A journalist! Can you imagine how polluted our youth was?
    But thank God some of them are now thinking. All those who disagreed with me about Weah are now seeing eye to eye with me.

    Everyone has shortcomings. Grand Frere Hney has shortcomings, Petarus Dolo has shortcomings. In fact, that’s why we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    However, I would love to have someone like Cummings, with TROVE of shortcomings to lead Liberia, as you have rightly said, then have Weah, with LITANY of shortcomings. We want something different and positive for our country, not an athletically pea-brained president.

    Liberia is not doomed! Our country will regain respect come 2024!

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