LCAC Scholarship Program 2011-2012 AcademicYear

On October 31, 2011 the LCAC Education Committee added 10 new LCAC scholars to the list of all LCAC Scholars for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.  Due to graduation and attrition, the original list of 20 LCAC Scholars had decreased by that amount. The 10 new LCAC scholars returned the total of all LCAC Scholars back to 20.  A proposed budget of $2000 ($1000 per semester) was submitted by the Education Committee to cover the tuition and fees of 20 LCAC Scholars for the 2011-2012Academic Year. However, scholarship tuition and fees payment for the LCAC Scholars did not materialize for the 20 LCAC Scholars at the beginning of the first semester of the 2011-2012 Academic year. The scholarship students had to use their own funds to pay their first semester tuition and fees.

The Education Committee Chairman Dr. Emmett C. Dennis visited Liberia from December 20, 2011 to January 14, 2012. Three days prior to his departure date from Liberia, the LCAC Education Committee Chairman received $1000 from LCAC to pay the first semester tuition and fees for the LCAC Scholars.  Actually, this money was sent to refund the LCAC Scholars for paying their own tuition and fees for the first semester of the 2011- 2012 AcademicYear.

There were three problems associated with getting this refund money to our LCACScholars.

a)      The students were still on Christmas and New Year holiday break and some of them were at home in the various counties of Liberia and not in Monrovia to meet with the LCAC Scholarship Coordinator in Liberia and the Education Committee Chairman within the short period of time before his departure from Liberia back to theUS.

b)      In order to receive the refund money, the students were required to show proof with a University of Liberia receipt that they had actually paid this money for their tuition and fees. There were a few students who did not have the required receipt on hand at the meeting. The Education Committee Chairman had to use his judgment and give them the refund money nevertheless.

c)       Students who were not in Monrovia but in various counties during the one day meeting withthe Education Committee Chairman had to send in their request for refund via email to the Education Committee Chairman once he had returned to the US. The procedure required sending a scanned U of L payment receipt with the email. There were problems in verifying the authenticity of the receipts for some of the students. The Education Committee Chairman had  to use his judgment and send them the refund money, nevertheless.

 

LCAC SCHOLARS Report First Semester of 2011

This is  information about our LCAC scholarship students for the first semester of 2011.   Graduation exercises for first semester were held on December 21,2011.

Continuing LCAC Scholars taking classes for the first semester 2011

 

Name

Id

college

classification

credits

Tuitionand Fees

 

Alexander Kesselly

43704

business

Junior

15

L$4,080.00

 

David Karpilee

52658

liberia

Junior

12

L$3,805.00

 

Francis Fallah

46809

science

sophomore

7

L$2,680.00

 

Varney Siafa

 

science

sophomore

13

L$3,130.00

 

Archie Karzear

48928

liberia

Junior

15

L$4,080.00

 

Solomon Saah

42649

science

Senior

13

L$3,805.00

 

Tenneh Toure

51531

liberia

sophomore

16

L$4,280.00

 

Wooiklee Sundayboy Paye

48456

Agriculture

Senior

13

L$4,080.00

 

Winston Kesseh

51201

liberia

sophomore

12

L$3,805.00

 

1 US dollar =70 liberian$

 

 

 

total

L$33,745.00

$482.07 (USD)

No contact has been made with student Jack Flomo. Student Cyrus Cephas completed studies and will be a part of the graduation ceremonies on December 21,2011

 

New LCAC Scholars taking classes for the First Semester 2011

 

Name

Id

Major

classification

credits

Tuitionand Fees

 

Ansumana Kromah

66987

Mining Engineering

Freshman

 

L$4,705.00

 

David Wilson

34105

Forestry

Senior

 

L$2,170.00

 

Esther Javillie

60339

CivilEngineering

Freshman

 

L$4,900.00

(private sponsorship)

Morris Passawe

62359

Geology

Sophomore

 

L$3,905.00

 

Lucillia Meriam

57181

Biology

Sophomore

 

L$4,730.00

 

Morris Taylor

52699

Agriculture

Junior

 

L$3,755.00

 

Salome Garway

66507

Biology

Freshman

 

L$4,900.00

(private sponsorship)

Octavius Nehan

71195

Science

Freshman

 

L$4,255.00

 

Daniel Fayiah

63815

Science

Freshman

 

L$4,630.00

 

Dak Aboah

50279

Science

Sophomore

 

L$3,305.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 US dollar =70 liberian$

 

 

 

total

L$41,255.00

$589.36  (USD)

Total first semester 2011 tuition for all of the accounted students above, in US dollars is $1,071.43.

 

Observations from  The LCAC Education Committee Chairman

The LCAC Scholarship Fund is not designed to refund LCAC scholars for paying their tuition and fees at the University of Liberia. The LCAC Scholarship Fund was designed to maintain an account with the University of Liberia Business and Finance Office along with the names of the LCAC Scholars so that the LCAC Scholars could register for classes and have their tuition and fees paid automatically from the money in this account. The U of L Business and Finance Office then submits a report to LCAC showing the names of the LCAC scholars, the amount paid for the tuition and fees of each student, the total bill paid for all LCAC scholars plus any outstanding debit or credit in our account with the University of Liberia.

LCAC needs to send the remaining $1000 to the  U of L Business and Finance Office as soon as possible to continue this smooth operation of transparency associated with our LCAC Scholarship at the University of Liberia. Registration for the second semester of the 2011-2012 Academic Year began on March 20, 2012.

I will be leaving for Liberia on July 3rd 2012. This time, my trip is more than just a short visit. I will be taking a one year sabbatical from Southern Connecticut State University to give my help, support and expertise in the revitalization of the College of Science and Technology, in particular, the School of Engineering. I will be teaching at the University of Liberia during this one year leave of absence from my university in the USA.

I will be happy to help in the representation of LCAC in whatever capacity while I am living in Liberia. However, it is important that LCAC allocates a fixed amount for its scholarship program at the University of Liberia and have this money available for the U of L Business and Finance Office prior to the beginning of the academic year 2012-2013. This amount must be enough to cover the entire academic year since the LCAC commitment to its LCAC Scholars is for an annual scholarship sponsorship, not a semester by semester scholarship sponsorship.

I paid a videographer ($70) to attend and make a DVD of the January 12, 2012 meeting I had with our LCAC Scholars while in Liberia. Copies of this DVD were submitted to the LCAC membership at the first quarterly meeting of 2012.

 

Dr. Emmett C.Dennis

 

LCAC Education CommitteeChairman