The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: GVL Provides U.S.$100,000 Check for Agriculture Students

Golden Veroleum Liberia, an agriculture company cultivating oil palm in Sinoe County, southeastern Liberia, has donated a check for US$100,000 to officials of the Ministry of Agriculture here for college students majoring in Agriculture.

The donation, which was made on Tuesday in the conference room of the Agriculture Ministry in Gardnerville, suburb of Monrovia, is in continuation of a US$ one million grant for scholarships commitment to the people of Liberia through the concession agreement.

The management of Golden Veroleum Liberia launched the US$100,000 scholarship program for deserving students since 2011.

Providing more detail about the scholarship program, GVL Career and Education Program Manager, Madam Jean Hannah Thompson, said the scholarship cover five universities, including the University of Liberia with 339 beneficiaries, Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County with 423 beneficiaries since 2010, Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County with 178 students, the United Methodist University in Monrovia with 10 beneficiaries, and the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Margibi County with 423 beneficiaries, respectively.

Madam Hannah Thompson said students are required to attain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above every semester to remain on the scholarship. She noted that the funds are being administered by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture.

"If you look at the grade point required to obtain and remain on the scholarship, it is clear that the program is just intended to help deserving students. That is, students, who want to learn in the field of agriculture but cannot afford the fees", she added.

The Career and Education Program Manager also called on benefiting students to spend their vacations with the company to enable them acquire practical knowledge while in school.

She noted that with such experiences immediately upon graduation, students come to the job market prepared, adding that those benefiting from the scholarships stand a greater chance for employment with the company after completion of studies.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Deputy Agriculture Minister, Dr. Charles McClain, expressed thanks and appreciation to the management of Golden Veroleum Liberia, for living up to its commitment.

Dr. McClain pointed out that with the scholarship program, many students may consider choosing Agriculture as a career in order to benefit from the program, noting that the undertaking also buttresses efforts of national government.

Speaking on behalf of fellow beneficiaries, a student of the Booker Washington Institute or BWI in Kakata, Mercy X. Morris, said GVL has been doing well for the student community, but there were yet more to do to improve the educational sector. Mercy called on the company to provide implements to enable students effectively execute practical assignments.

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