Six Liberians Leave Shortly For UK Gov’t Chevening Scholarships

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Six Liberian scholars have been selected and are expected to shortly depart the country within the next two months for the one-year U.K. government Chevening Scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. Recipients get full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any British university.

The six Liberian scholars who are part of the 2018/2019 program include four females and two males. They are Kalilu S. Donzo, Welma Klade Neufville, Sedia Willliams Wollor, Lamii Kpargoi, Celia Vanyah Kaman, Yah V. Parwon. Their intended fields of study include areas as varied as biomedical sciences, labor law, and environmental management.

In a statement from the British Embassy in Monrovia, Ambassador David Belgrove was quoted as encouraging other Liberians to apply for the scholarship before the upcoming deadline.

“If you have what it takes to be a Chevening scholar, I would encourage you to apply before November 5, 2019, for the 2020/2021 Chevening scholarship,” he said.

Ben Coates, the head of scholarships at the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said the scholarship represents the very best of the U.K., welcoming exceptional people from across the world to study, grow, and thrive at some of the world’s best universities.

Coates said the program can be a transformative experience, not just for the scholars, but also for their communities and countries, as scholars returning can make a positive difference in their chosen fields.

“Our universities promote the creation and exchange of information and ideas, as well as the building of knowledge and networks. Chevening Scholars find themselves immersed in that world and leave the UK after their studies having grown academically, professionally, and personally as a result,” he noted.

The program was started in 1983, and Liberia began sending scholars abroad in 2015, and 18 Liberians have since benefited from the Chevening scholarships, including the newly selected scholars.

Featured photo courtesy of British High Commission, New Delhi


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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