Of this number, 10,000 scholarships were awarded to local students, while 400 went to international post-graduate students based on the “merit system.”
This was disclosed by the Director for Scholarship at the Ministry of Education, Theophilus Snorton, and the Administrator for the Liberian Government Bilateral Scholarship Program at the ministry, Samuel G. Williams, during a Montserrado County Valedictorian Award ceremony held on the University of Liberia main campus in Monrovia over the weekend.
Snorton stated that the scholarship program has been decentralized in the various counties through the offices of the County Education Officers.
He explained that to qualify, students are required to maintain an average of 80 percent at grade school level and 3.0 at tertiary level.
He indicated that government remains committed to ensuring that education opportunities are equally available to students from all communities across the country.
Williams explained that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf instituted the Inter-Ministerial Scholarship Committee in 2010, which receives scholarship offers for the post-graduate level from international partners through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The scholarships are administered on the basis of merit, transparency and accountability, he pointed out.
He said the scholarships focus on the sciences and related development courses for which candidates must maintain a 3.0 average in order to be qualified.
He noted that upon completion of their tour of studies, the students are required to serve the country for two years under the memorandum of understanding they sign before departure for studies.