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UCL Scholarship Newsletter

June 17, 2018
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UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR LIBERIA SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA AND UCL DELEGATION MEETS WITH NEW MINISTER OF EDUCATION

Almost 150 students from the University of Liberia UL), African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Stella Maris Polytechnic and other institutions of higher learning attended the first University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) Scholarship Workshop held at the UL Fendell Campus on May 22, 2018. The UCL was first established in 2009 in collaboration with Dr. Emmet Dennis, President of the University of Liberia and Cynthia Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia in Georgia.  UCL became a non-profit organization in 2015 and has 16 Institutional Partners. The UCL Scholarship is open to Liberian students and/or students of Liberian descent pursuing a post-secondary education at U.S. College or University.

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Group Photo with Workshop Participants

Two members of the UCL Board facilitated an information packed workshop to inform, educate and provide information on scholarships to Liberian students including Cynthia Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, and President and Board Chair of the UCL along with Saki Golafale, UCL Treasurer, and UCL recipient pursuing a PhD. In chemistry at Clark Atlanta University.  Matilda Arhin, President of the Ghana International Chamber of Commerce, USA, and Consultant to the UCL, also presented 25 additional scholarship offerings to the students.  The UL host for the occasion was Dr. Mamawa Freeman-Moore, Director of the Honors Program at UL, representing Dr. Ophelia Weeks, President of UL.  Dr. Joseph Isaac, President of AMEU and UCL Institutional Partner, brought the welcome and greetings to students and faculty.

The purpose of the UCL Scholarship Workshop was to give an overview of the UCL Scholarship Guidelines and Application, review other U.S. Scholarship opportunities and to discuss the F1 Visa.  A lively discussion took place as students had questions regarding the 16 UCL partners institutions in the U.S. and challenges with the F1 visa. The UCL Scholarship Deadline has been extended until July 31, 2018. At the conclusion of the Workshop, the UCL Board presented Chemistry books, the Periodical Table and other educational materials to the UL Science Lab.

The UCL Delegation also attended the Ministry of Education 2018 National Education Summit in Kakata City, Margibi County. President George Manneh Weah officially launched the 2018-2028 plan at the Booker Washington Institute which carved out four main focal points; “curricular amendments, teacher development, school management and equipped infrastructure.  According to sources, the summit brought together over 300 education specialists, policymakers, parents, business and community leaders, teachers as well as others with interest in seeing Liberia’s education system succeed.

UCL delegation meets Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Sonii

UCL delegation meets Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Sonii

As a follow-on, the UCL Delegation also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Education Professor Ansu D. Sonii, Sr. and to hear his vision one-on-one in his office.  The UCL President, Madame  Blandford, extended an invitation to Minister Sonii to be the guest speaker at the UCL Annual Scholarship event which will be held at Georgia State University later this year.

For more information on the UCL, Educational Scholarships and the F1 visa, please contact the UCL office at 404-565-1154 or at www.UCLiberia.com. Download UCL Scholarship Workshop Newsletter 2018

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University Consortium for Liberia scholarship deadline extended to July 31st

March 22, 2018
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University Consortium for Liberia scholarship deadline extended to July 31st

UCL Application 2018

UCL Application Guidelines 2018

The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) was established in 2015 by the UCL Board of Directors.  The scholarship program is open to Liberian students and/or students of Liberian descent pursuing a post-secondary education at a U.S. College or University.  Priority will be given to students applying to a UCL college/university  considered Institutional Partners.

The UCL Scholarship for Experiential Learning, Study Abroad, Faculty and Student Exchange programs will be announced at a later date, pursuant to funding availability.

 

 *Download Application and Submit Completed Form to UCLSCHOLARSHIP@GMAIL.COM

Download Guidelines

 

Applicants must meet the criteria below:

Higher Education

  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into an academic program of study pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. program
  • Student must be Liberian or of Liberian decent
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit an Academic Transcript
  • Field of Study: Any Field of Study
  • Complete the UCL Scholarship Application
  • Provide 2 letters of Recommendation from any of the following: College Professor, Community Member/Faith Leader, or Current/Former Employer or Government Leader.  (The writer of your letter(s) of recommendation should address Leadership Abilities and Potential) Letters of Recommendation should be e-mailed to the scholarship address with their name, contact info, and academic institution. The subject line should be ‘Student Name’ Reference Letter.
  • Scholarship recipients who received a scholarship in the previous year, can apply annually.
  • Copy of Passport must accompany application for international students and a copy of the F1 visa must accompany the application.

 

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The Liberian Consulate in Georgia partners with Brussels Airlines to boost Travel, Tourism and Investment in Liberia

January 16, 2018
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For Immediate Release

Contact Cynthia Blandford

cblandford@liberianconsulatega.com

404-565-1154

ATLANTA (January 10, 2018) The Liberian Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, is pleased to congratulate President-Elect Mr. George Weah and Vice President-Elect Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor on a successful election in Liberia and is happy for the peaceful transfer of power to the new government. Congratulations!

The Consul General is also pleased to announce a partnership with Brussels Airlines to promote a quality travel experience to guests traveling to Liberia in 2018 to help boost travel, tourism and investment in the country. Brussels Airlines moto is, “We go the extra smile” because they work tirelessly to make traveling a pleasure for its guests. With Brussels Airlines award winning Business Class offerings, Economy Privilege cabin and Economy cabin, Brussels Airlines is ready to serve you. Liberia is Open for Business, and for those traveling for the presidential Inaugural events in Monrovia, Brussels Airlines is the airline of choice!

Over the past few months, Consul General Blandford and the Consul General in N.Y., Mr. Rudolph Sherman, held strategic meetings with Brussels Airlines leadership to discuss how to promote the partnership by offering travel discounts to guests traveling to Liberia including 20% discounted airline tickets on Brussels Airlines operated flights from New York (JFK) and Washington D.C. (Dulles, seasonal) to Liberia and the opportunity for Economy Privilege upgrades, based upon availability, and other perks.

We are excited to work with Andrea Bonaiuto, Marketing and Online Sales Manager North America and Christophe Allard, Director North America, Sales and Commercial Strategy, to launch our partnership to provide greater access to Liberia. We are promoting these travel perks to our business partners, education stakeholders, Liberians in North America and friends of Liberia to encourage more travel, trade and investment in the country.

“Brussels Airlines and its predecessor, Sabena, have a long history in the wonderful country of Liberia. In 2002, Brussels Airlines was the first airline to resume service to Monrovia at the end of the civil conflict while conditions were still less than secure, a sign of Brussels Airlines confidence in the country and economy,” states Bonaiuto. Brussels Airlines also continued flying to Liberia throughout the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, ensuring vital air bridge and transportation of medical relief.

The Liberian Consulate in Georgia will work with the Brussels Airline leadership by leveraging Strategies and Engagement Approaches, providing Marketing and Media Support, and identifying Key Targeted Audiences for maximum impact and results. This will include Trade and Investment Missions, Study Abroad, Faculty and Student Exchange programs and the like. Key markets will include the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, The Liberian Business Association, under the leadership of Mr. Jackson George, The Union of Liberians in the Americas (ULAA), the University Consortium for Liberia, Consulates in New York and Atlanta databases and other key networks including the business, faith, education, medical and investment community.

Brussels Airlines and the Consul Blandford have since collaborated to publish editorials promoting Liberia. One article, entitled 8 Reasons Liberia Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List , notes that Liberia has reclaimed its position as one of the most promising tourist destinations in Africa after facing years of civil war that tore through its rich history. The West African country has moved on, and definitely merits a top spot in your list of travel destinations to explore.

The Honorary Consul General of Liberia in Georgia, U.S.A, Cynthia L. Blandford puts in a good word for the country she represents as she invites the world to the place she calls home. There are great hotels, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Historical and Cultural Sites, Eco-tourism Parks, beautiful beaches and waterfalls, including surfing, bustling markets and great restaurants. For investment and trade, Liberia  is also rich in natural resources including rubber, iron ore, cocoa, fish, oil palm, diamonds, gold and much more. The article can be found at www.liberianconsulatega.com.

If you are travelling to Liberia or any other African destination, let Brussels Airlines take you there. Click here to learn more and contact the Liberian Consulate for special benefits.

About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines, member of Lufthansa Group and a Star Alliance member, is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from the capital of Europe, Brussels Airport. The company has more than 3.600 employees and 50 aircraft operating some 300 flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to 100 premium European destinations, 26 African destinations, 3 North American destinations, Tel Aviv and Mumbai.

On long haul flights, operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300, the airline offers a Business Class with full flatbeds and state of the art inflight entertainment, an Economy Class with ergonomic seats and individual inflight entertainment on touchscreens, and an Economy Privilege option with generous leg space and more seat recline.

On its European routes Brussels Airlines offers the choice between Bizz&Class, Flex&Fast, Light&Relax and Check&Go.

In addition to its destinations in Africa, North America and India, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long- haul codeshare flights to the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Thailand.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by the Cargo Department. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG More information on brusselsairlines.com.

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Emmy Award Winning FOX 5 Reporter Aungelique Proctor will Host the 2017 United for Liberia Gala

September 12, 2017
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For Immediate Release

Contact: Cynthia Blandford
cblandford@ucliberia.com
404-590-1655

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ATLANTA (Sept. 8, 2017) – Award winning reporter Aungelique Proctor from FOX 5 News will host this year’s United for Liberia Global Health Fundraising Gala on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Morehouse School of Medicine.

“I look forward to serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for this year’s United for Liberia Gala as we continue to address the needs of this West African country which has a wealth of potential,” Proctor said.

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Liberia and USA University Presidents Will Meet at Morehouse School of Medicine

September 6, 2017
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by UCL
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Cynthia Blandford
cblandford@ucliberia.com
404-590-1655

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ATLANTA (Aug. 29, 2017) – On Saturday Sept. 30, 2017, presidents from universities in Liberia will unite with presidents from universities in the U.S. to focus on global health and education. The University Consortium for Liberia(UCL) will host its Third Annual United for Liberia Fundraising Gala with Dr. Ophelia Weeks, University of Liberia (UL) president; Dr. Joseph Isaac, African Methodist Episcopal University president who also serves as president of The Association of Liberian Universities; Dr. Emmet Dennis, president emeritus, University of Liberia; Dr. Cheryl Dozier, Savannah State University president and other institutional partners at Morehouse School of Medicine.

“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 Liberiaon Study Abroad, Service Learning and Faculty Exchanges. The UCL and UL are great partners helping to bring brighter futures through education and understanding.  The gala will help raise funds in support of these efforts,” Weeks said.

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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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