The nine full scholarships were awarded to students who are to pursuing tertiary studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and agriculture for the 2022/2023 calendar.
CAF is a non-profit organization founded by the Cummings Family with a scholarship program that began since 2017.
Speaking at the scholarship awards ceremony, the Founder of CAF indicated that educational opportunities are being provided to Liberian in line with the Foundation’s quest of having an equitable Liberia.
Mr. Cummings, who is also the Political Leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), encouraged Liberian students to now begin to develop interest in STEM and agriculture, and take advantage of the program.
“You don't choose where you are born, your gender, religion, county or the kind of parents you are born to, but that doesn’t or shouldn’t you stop from pursuing opportunities that are intended to bring positive changes to your lives,” Mr. Cummings asserted.
“We want to make Liberia an equal society for all. Liberia will not change on wish, but it will base on our work and effort. You have to keep learning and exerting more efforts. You have to place God first and exert effort. It's important that Liberians take interest in STEM,” he added amid huge commendation for the six female awardees among the nine recipients.
Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell, Country Director of CAF, explained that the nine students were successful among 100 applicants through a vigorous interview process conducted by a team of impartial panel.
She furthered that the winners of the award are students drawn from four universities, namely; Stella Maris Polytechnic University (SMPU), Adventist University of West Africa (AUWA), Starz College of Science and Technology and the Smythe Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT).
“The first thing that we did was we advertised these opportunities in the newspapers and 100 plus students applied. At the end of the application process, we set up a team of panel to vet them (applicants). On this note, we want to thank our panelists for the great job done. They did a very good job – they were impartial in their vetting process,” Dr. Elliot-Brownell noted.
“To our awardees, now that you have been given the scholarships, you must now begin to work to maintain a ‘B’ average for you to stay on,” she urged.
Madam Teresa Cummings, Co-founder of the Foundation, says the scholarship program is not only limited to Montserrado or Monrovia alone – it is cut across the country.
She asserted that the CAF scholarship program is a 100 percent opportunity offered by the Foundation.
“It is a great honor. It feels good to create opportunities through this initiative. We thank the recipients for their brilliance. We are behind you as we offer you these 100 percent scholarships so that you create your future for not just you and your family, but for the nation,” she said.
Meanwhile, the scholarship awardees are: Grace Tokpa; Public Health (Adventist University), Nuwoe G. Kollie; Electrical Engineering (Stella Maris), Amos Dolo; Environmental Science (Stella Maris), Precious Beyorplue; Agriculture (Stella Maris), Louise Merriam; Civil Engineering (Stella Maris), Sandra Varney; Nursing (Smythe Institute), Aaron Gborlay; Information Technology (Starz) and Yankson Toe; Information Technology (Starz).