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 ucliberia.com/events/ or on Eventbrite . Contact the UCL office at 404-590-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sponsorship opportunities. For more information on the UCL, please visit our website at www.UCLiberia.com.