Ricks Institute has over a period of five years invested US$ 375, 000 in girl’s education as part of its contribution to improve the country’s education system.
Owned by the Liberia Baptist Missionary, Ricks Institute provided full scholarships valued at US$375,000 to 30 Liberian girls for five academic years.
The Principal and Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Olu Q. Menjay said in 2013, the school entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Gender and Development in offering the 30 scholarships for underprivileged girls in every part of the country.
Dr. Menjay, who made the disclosure over the weekend at the institute’s Academic 2017/2018 closing convocation, said under the agreement, the Ministry of Gender through donor funding has renovated one of Ricks’ houses value at nearly US$200, 000.
“As per the agreement, Ricks Institute provided 30 full scholarships for five academic years in the total worth of US$375,000. In other words, Ricks completed five years and this academic year brings closure to this partnership,” he said.
Menjay then lauded authorities of Gender Ministry for the partnership in educating Liberian young girls.
He meanwhile awarded two full scholarships to two of the 43 graduates to attend any university in Liberia of their choosing. Students Marthalyn Zarwolo and Christopher A. Lavall, were awarded the scholarships for their respective “outstanding academic achievements.” Marthalyn, who ranked as the top in her 12th grade class enrolled at Ricks in the 8th grade and during her stay, maintained an “excellent academic and disciplined record,” while Christopher, who ranked second in a class of 53 students, enrolled at Ricks in 2009, as a 3rd grader, but received similar award for the same reason.
According to Dr. Menjay, Marthalyn and Christopher are both members of the school’s press club, which informed their colleagues as they disseminated campus and national news on a daily basis. Marthalyn was a member of Ricks Choir and member of Ricks Ambassador and servant leadership program, while Christopher was president of the school leadership, quizzing team and an organization on campus.
In a statement, Marthalyn said she succeeded as valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class, not because of her beauty, “but because I am determined.” She considers determination as one’s endless effort to a definite solution, and said most people are who they are because they were determined. She challenged her fellow graduates to remain humble and be willing to help others, if they must achieve success.
Also speaking, Christopher challenged his fellow graduates not to be concerned about the college they intend to enroll in or be carried away by the honor they were receiving, but rather ponder unflinchingly about building a reputation of integrity.
Reverend James H. Blay, Baptist Theological Seminary Vice President, who served as guest speaker, informed the graduates of the long way to go, while in pursuit of higher education. He said there are so much more to accomplish. He said that they have already taken multiple steps but reminded them that their journey also continues.
“As your journey continues, I want you to keep this at the back of your minds that opportunities will come your way, some of them expected, some of them unexpected,” he told the graduates to a round of applause.