Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele
Fong Foresees Nimba Students Atop At Tertiary Level
By Wellington G Patrick, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
SANNIQUELLIE, June 18 (LINA) – Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele predicts a dominance of Nimba students at tertiary level across the country once the county’s scholarship scheme remains in full swing.
Since 2012, the county scholarship program came to a standstill due to financial crisis and political disagreement over the management of the scheme.
Over the weekend, leaders of the Nimba student organizations at colleges and universities in Liberia in collaboration with stakeholders of the county, reviewed and adopted the scholarship guidelines which were drafted by the county scholarship committee months ago.
The financial aid, which is targeting over 2,000 students, has an appropriation of US$150,000 from the Arcelor Mittal and US$1.5 million from the Social Development Fund contributed annually.
Superintendent Zuagele described the adoption of the scholarship guiding principles as unique; adding “the region is now capable of amicably addressing the educational needs of its youthful citizens.”
The policy adopted by student leaders and stakeholders states that students with minimum of 2.5 and 2.7 GPA for the sciences and Liberal Arts respectively would be eligible for the county financial aid.
He said beneficiaries would sign a commitment to return to the county upon graduation to render service.
According to the chairman of the scholarship committee, Simmon Kidka, the financial aid begins effective this semester.