The Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia Cynthia Blandford and Dr. Weeks, President of the University of Liberia meet with Georgia State University leadership Dr. Gwen Benson, Associate Dean, Dr. Susan Ogletree and others to discuss a partnership around Early Childhood Education between GSU and UL. GSU will visit Liberia in December 2018 with the President of the UCL Cynthia Blandford to attend UL’s Convocation Ceremony and for faculty curriculum discussions. Clark Atlanta University is also expected to visit UL this December with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
Applicants must meet the criteria below:
- 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.
1. What relationship does your organization have with Liberia or the UCL?
The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has a mission to prevent and control public health threats by promoting healthy outcomes while serving as a source of knowledge and expertise. As the center of excellence for better health outcomes for Liberians through a strong health system, the Institute aims to strengthen existing infection prevention and control efforts, laboratories, surveillance, infectious disease control, public health capacity building, response to outbreaks, and monitor diseases with epidemic potential. NPHIL relation with the University of Liberia and other institutions of highest learning in Liberia is paramount. NPHIL is partnering with the University of Liberia addressing national public health needs through the development of a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree programs.Read More
Last month, The UCL brought the University of Liberia(UL) and the University of Georgia (UGA) together to further partnership discussions. During the August meeting, UL President Ophelia Weeks and UGA Assistant Dean and Director of the Global Programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dr. Amrit Bart each represented their institution. The two discussed partnership with a specific focus on Agribusiness.
Both parties came to an agreement, which was completed and signed on August 7, 2017. Click Here to read the MOU between UL and UGA.
Name: Randolph Glee (Ph.D. Candidate)
School: Clark Atlanta University
Major/ Concentration: Social Work policy/Administration
Degree level: Ph.D.
1.Why do you choose your major / concentration?
I chose Social Work because my country (Liberia) has suffered many years of civil conflicts. As a result of these conflicts, the academic, social and political fibers have been broken. To gain our post war status or get on path with other nations we need professional social workers, who will get into the communities to work with community dwellers on community projects. Moreover, Liberia needs professional social workers who will conduct evidence based research and present findings to parliament for better policy to help the vulnerable populations (elderly, Children, women, orphans, homeless, and disable).Read More
Name: Varbah H. Sorsor
School: Clark Atlanta University
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.Read More
Name: Sedia Beysolow
School: University of Georgia
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.Read More
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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.