About one hundred and forty-three freshmen students from 11 communities in Montserrado County District #1 will begin their first year with a “tuition-free” education at the Barshell University College (BUC) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, under Representative Lawrence Morris’ Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship Program.
The scholarship is in fulfillment of Rep. Morris’ promises to develop the youth, because he believes that education gives a person intellectual enrichment, employment opportunities, and builds a solid professional and social network.
Communities in which the benefiting students reside include Careysburg (38); Louisiana (28); Tolberta (20); Kingsville (17); Mount Coffee and Bentol City (9); Tubmanville (6); Voker Mission (5); Crozierville and White Plains (4 persons each), and Harrisburg (3).
At yesterday’s launch of the program making the “tuition-free” payment on BUC campus, an amount of L$3.1 million, which is equivalent to US$20,000 was paid to the administration of the university to kickstart about 65 percent of the tuition of the 143 students.
“This is the first time we are witnessing not only words, but deeds. Many times you find people in schools that are being promised scholarships, but in the end, the beneficiaries are thrown out of classes, because those who often make the financial promise do not eventually live up to their commitments. Besides, at Barshell University, we are sponsoring over 50 students attending other universities, including the University of Liberia,” Rep. Morris said.
He called on students at Barshell University to take advantage of the offer, “because l value education and it is in this light I have waived my four years’ salaries to provide scholarships at the total cost of US$90,000 per year.”
He added, “Initially, l planned to offer scholarship to 57 students, but today 143 students are benefiting from my gesture, because for me, education is important; so it is in this light that I came to fulfill my promise.”
A representative of the Barshell University, Sneh Johnson, who received the US$10,000 and also a cheque of US$10, 000, thanked Rep. Morris for the commitment, urging the benefiting students to take advantage of the scholarship and learn well, in order to be able to join those who want to develop the country.
Barshell University chairman of the Board of Trustees and Montserrado County District #3 Representative Ceebee Barshell, expressed gratitude to his colleague for fulfilling his commitment to ensure that the minds of youth are developed in the district, because education is the light and the key of any nation.