E.U. Delegation Urges Liberians to Apply for Master’s Degree Scholarships

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The European Union Delegation in Liberia has unveiled an opportunity for Liberian students to study in Europe through the Erasmus Mundus Masters Union’s scholarships.

According to a press release issued, the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is a special E.U. program that funds master degrees’ studies in E.U. countries.

Speaking at a one-day collaborative information session at the University of Liberia’s main campus, Capitol Hill, on Nov. 29, the head of the delegation’s political, press and information section, Juan Antonio Frutos, offered a broad overview of the program and encouraged students to apply.

To qualify, a student must have first completed an undergraduate degree.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship is a two-year program that permits students to study in at least two E.U. countries during a two-year period.

“We are encouraging more Liberians to apply for the E.U. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees,” Juan Antonio Frutos said.

Juan Antonio Frutos, Head of European Union’s Political, Press and Information Section. Photo: Zeze Ballah

For her part, Lorpu Faith Scott, the education project officer, said the application and selection processes are competitive, but also fair and independent. The selection committee is based in Europe.

“We will only be here to help the applicants with information on the application process,” Scott said.

At least one Liberian has already benefited from the scholarship. That lone beneficiary, John Mayson, was on hand to share his experience with the program and to encourage his compatriots to seize the opportunity of a world-class graduate degree in Europe.

Mayson, who holds a master’s in coastal, marine engineering and management from two European universities, elaborated upon the ease with which one may qualify for the program if applicants carefully follow the guidelines and prepare documents as requested.

In addition to the Erasmus+ program, which funds studies in any European university, students were also encouraged to take advantage of other international bilateral scholarships in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the U.K.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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