Monthly Archives August 2017

Meet Our 2017 UCL Scholars: Varbah H. Sorsor

August 25, 2017
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Name: Varbah H. Sorsor

School: Clark Atlanta University

Major/Concentration: Chemistry

Degree Level: PhD Candidate

1. Why did you choose your major/concentration?

I began to like chemistry from high school. My high school teacher was so experienced and included real-life illustrations in his teaching. He worked with Firestone Rubber Company as a chemist. So, he taught the subject with such great enthusiasm. I always liked his class and made good grades at the time.

I remember him lecturing on the contribution of Marie Curie to science – radioactivity. He said this was a female with such high work. I got more interested because, I said to myself, I can do chemistry as well. I wanted to learn more and gain a better understanding of the various fields. My emphasis in polymer chemistry deepened when I started graduate studies at CAU. My advisor, Dr. Mintz is such a knowledgeable person, with his mentorship I am excited for this field.

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Meet Our 2017 UCL Scholars: Sedia Beysolow

August 17, 2017
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Name: Sedia Beysolow

School: University of Georgia

Major/Concentration: Biology

Degree Level: First Year Undergraduate

1. Why did you choose your major/concentration?

At the age of 12, I became fascinated with skin care and skin care products. Therefore, I am studying biology in order to learn more about the skin and to prepare me for a career as a dermatologist.

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August 7, 2017
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For Immediate Release

Contact Cynthia Blandford

Morehouse School of Medicine To Co-Host the 2017 United for Liberia Scholarship Dinner

ATLANTA (August 7, 2017) – The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) will host its Third Annual United for Liberia black-tie fundraising scholarship gala, on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Morehouse School of Medicine. This year’s focus is “Global Health in Liberia.”

“Last year’s event was a great success with over 150 business partners, university presidents, faculty, students, donors and other stakeholders in attendance,” UCL President and Board Chair Cynthia Blandford said. “This year we hope to raise more funds and friends for the UCL scholarship dinner.”

Blandford and the UCL Board of Directors have selected five Liberian students to receive the 2017 UCL academic scholarship. Each student will receive $1,000 towards their education. Clark Atlanta University PhD candidates Varbah Sorsor (Chemistry) and Randolph Glee (Social Work); John Marshall Law School student Joshua Kulah; University of Georgia undergraduate Sedia Beysolow; and Savannah State University Master’s in Public Administration candidate Dickson Goffa will receive their scholarship awards that evening.

Dr. Ophelia Weeks, newly appointed President of the University of Liberia said, “the UCL provides a wonderful opportunity for Liberian students to come to America to further their studies and for U.S. students and faculty to visit Liberia on Study Abroad and Faculty Exchanges. The UCL and UL are great partners helping to bring brighter futures through education and understanding.”

In addition to scholarships, the UCL will present their 2017 Distinguished and Community Service awards. Distinguished Service Awards will be given to three partners including Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Director, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for their CDC Liberia Initiative; Emory University President Claire Sterk for the new Institute for Public Health Liberia; and Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Director General of the Institute for Public Health in Liberia. Mr. William Allen, Founder of The Allen Entrepreneurial Institute, will receive the 2017 Community Service Award for outstanding leadership in support of the Experiential Learning Summer program for Liberian students last year.

This year’s sponsors include the Morehouse School of Medicine, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Liberian Consulate in Georgia with opportunities for additional sponsorship still open. As always, a VIP reception will precede the dinner, a special speaker will host the evening, silent auctions will take place and several VIP guests will attend. Special guests include Dr. Ophelia Weeks, newly appointed President of the University of Liberia (UL); President Emeritus of UL Dr. Emmet Dennis; Dr. Cheryl Dozier, President, Savannah State University; Dr. Joseph Isaac, AME University President and others. All 21 UCL Institutional Partners will also be invited to attend. The UCL and its board members invite the community to join them for an entertaining evening of culture and elegance.

“We’ve decided to make this year’s theme about global health in Liberia. Liberia was once known as the West African hub for medicine and research. While we focus on education, it’s time to revisit Liberia’s medical sector, and to help strengthen medical tourism in West Africa,” Blandford said.

Purchase tickets at or on Eventbrite . Contact the UCL office at 404-590-1655 or for more information or sponsorship opportunities. For more information on the UCL, please visit our website at


2017 United for Liberia Gala Invite

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