MONROVIA − Twenty-two young Liberians have been awarded ArcelorMittal Liberia University Scholarships to study abroad, for advanced degrees in various science-related disciplines.
The Advanced University Scholarship, fully funded by ArcelorMittal Liberia, is part of its Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) commitments. The recipients were selected following a rigorous recruitment process overseen by an independent committee, made up of various stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministries of Education, Mines and Energy, as well as counties. operation of the business.
Five of the 22 beneficiaries are women, while half of the total number of beneficiaries are from AML─ Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa operation counties.
The winners are Foeday Zinnah, who will pursue studies in quality and environmental sciences at Hebrew University in Israel; Emmanuel Sulonteh, University of Chandigarh, India; Edwin Olu Bestman, Engineering Management, University of Putra, Malaysia; Samuel B. Kuetay, Jr., Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Sharda, India; Ezekiel Saah Phillips, Geographic Information Service, University of Rochester, USA; Abigail S. Dweh, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, USA, Darcess Dossen, Earth Dynamics and Environmental Geology, University of Padua, Italy; Elisha O. Eboh, Transport Engineering, Sandip University, India; Annet Mariama Fua-Fuar, Structural Engineering, Vilnius Technical University, and Quita Harvey, Environmental Engineering, Regional Maritime University, Ghana.
The others are, Shuku N. Gbollie, Soil Biochemistry, Ghent University, Belgium; Grace Andrews, Medical Microbiology, University of Sharda, India; Alice Zazaboi, Engineering Management-Environmental Engineering, University of Florida, USA; Daniel Whabyely, Public Health, University of Kampala, Uganda; Stanford Gbayelakpor, Food Design and Innovation, Scuola Politecnica di Design, Italy; Ferrison Saye Andrews, Mining Engineering, University of Mines, Ghana; Sam Yarkpazuah, Microbiology, University of Sharda, India; Onesimus D. Zeon, Civil Engineering, Antayla Blim University, Turkey; Josiah FP Freeman, Internet System, University of Kigali, Rwanda; Mulbah Rufus Flomo, Civil Engineering, University of Sharda, India; Obediah J. Dajue, Environmental Engineering, Shandip University, India, and Abednego D. Manston, Environmental Quality Sciences, Hebrew University, Israel.
At the sending off ceremony held at a local hotel on Tuesday, ArcelorMittal Liberia Managing Director Joep Coenen congratulated the scholarship recipients on their achievement and encouraged them to take their studies seriously in order to benefit all. their country and their families.
Mr. Coenen said he was particularly pleased that women were among the recipients, noting that it is a sign that more Liberian women have developed a strong interest in science. He said he was also happy that more than half of the total number of beneficiaries came from AML’s three counties of operation─ Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa.
“We hope these people will return to the counties and contribute to sustainable development,” he said, adding that the company is proud to contribute to the development of the country’s human resource capital.
“It’s not that we have to do it because of the MDA obligation, but it’s also something we do because we’re proud of it.”
The CEO told the recipients that the scholarship is a good investment and an opportunity that will pay off for them and the country.
“Keep in mind that what you learn, no one can take away from you,” he stressed.
This batch of recipients is the eighth cohort of the AML MDA Advanced Scholarship Program.
One of the scholarship recipients, Foeday Zinnah, who will be pursuing a master’s degree in quality and environmental science at the Hebrew University of Israel, in good spirits, thanked ArcelorMittal Liberia for the opportunity to realize his dream of acquiring a high quality education to enable him to contribute significantly to the development of Liberia.
Zinnah commended the level of transparency and fairness that characterized the application and recruitment process.
“I am truly amazed at how fair the recruitment process has been and purely based on the skill and performance of all those selected.” He encouraged his fellow scholars to give their best during their studies and to make ArcelorMittal and Liberia proud.