UL Scholarship 2010-2011 Report from the LCAC Scholarship Committee

 

Liberia Community Association of Connecticut Education Committee Report

2010-2011 LCAC University of Liberia Scholarship Program                                                                                                             

At the beginning of the second semester (2010-2011 Academic Year), LCAC paid a grand total of $47,250 LD (or $675.00 USD) to the University of Liberia for the tuition and fees of 12 LCAC Scholars.  These 12 students completed the second semester.  Grade report for these students to end the academic year:

Name

GPA

Status

College

Status

Alexander Kessely

3.0

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Bus

Sr

Archie Karzear

2.315

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Lib

Sr

Cyrus Cephas

3.5

Not in school. Will graduate in December 2011

Bus

Sr

Dave Karpilee

3.2

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Lib

Sr

Francis Fallah

2.5

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Bus

Jr

Jack Flomo

3.0

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Lib

n/a

Solomon Saah

2.3

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Sci

Sr

Tenneh Toure

2.0

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Lib

Jr

Varney Siafa

3.0

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Bus

Jr

Victor Whea

0

Reported a false grade report to coordinator

Bus

Sr

Winston Kesseh

0

Did not submit a grade report to coordinator

Lib

Jr

Wooiklee Sundayboy Paye

3.6

In school for 1st semester 2011-2012

Agr/For

Sr

Mr. William Karpeh, our Scholarship Coordinator has recommended that we drop Victor Whea from the scholarship program because of his dishonesty.  We need to know the status of Winston Kesseh also.

In October of 2011 the LCAC Education Committee began accepting new scholarship applications for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Scholarship applicants were restricted to Science, Education, Agriculture and Forestry students attending the University of Liberia. October 31, 2011 was set as the deadline for online submission.  A total of 76 students completed the application form at our website www.liberiact.com.

At the end of the submission period, the Education Committee made the hard choice of selecting 10 new scholarship students to bring our total back to the official number of 20 LCAC Scholars.  The selections were based on Education Committee member evaluation of the student online application form inputs which included a statement from each student stating why they deserved the scholarship.  Members ranked the students accordingly, and based on a tally of member votes, the top 10 students were selected for the scholarship. The list of new LCAC Scholars is as follows:

Name

Sex

Classification

College

ID Number

Massa Akoi

F

Jr

Science

48580

Octavius Nehan

M

Fr

Science

71195

Morris Passawe

M

Soph

Science

62359

Elizabeth Toe

F

Sr

Science

60339

Dak Aboah

M

Soph

Science

50279

Daniel Fayiah

M

Fr

Science

63815

Ansumana Kromah

M

Fr

Science

65987

Lucillia Merriam

F

Soph

Science

57181

Taylor Morris

M

Jr

Ag/For

52699

Davide Wilson

F

Sr

Ag/For

34105

 

We have started a new publicity campaign to raise awareness of our LCAC Scholarship Program with the publication and distribution of an LCAC Scholarship Program brochure.  We hope to solicit funds or gain sponsors for our program through this process.  So far, one Hartford Connecticut resident, Ms. Letonia Wright, has joined in to support our scholarship program.  She has agreed to personally sponsor one scholarship applicant with the understanding that this student must be a female student.  We went back to the list of all students who were not selected in the top ten and picked the next female student for her sponsorship:

Name

Sex

Classification

College

ID Number

Salome Garway

F

Fr

Science

66507

 

We are now waiting for a final report from our scholarship coordinator in Liberia to verify that all of our scholarship students are presently in school.  We need to know exactly how many credits each student is taking so that we can forward a payment to the University of Liberia on behalf of these students.  This amount will satisfy their tuition and fees payments for the 1st semester of 2011.  Presently, our scholarship coordinator is in Tanzania attending a one month training program for his job at the Ministry of Finance.  He will return to Liberia at the end of November.

The Education Committee has instituted a grade point average restriction for our new LCAC Scholars.  As of this academic year, all new LCAC Scholars must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA to remain on the scholarship roll for the next academic year.  LCAC Scholars who are from the initial 20 students that began our 2009-2010 scholarship program must now maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to continue on the scholarship roll.  All students will have to sign a formal contract with our LCAC Coordinator in Liberia for our records, acknowledging this new agreement.

This report is submitted by the LCAC Education Committee on November 25, 2011.

Education Committee Members are:

Emmett C. Dennis, Chair

Salome Quirmolue, Co-chair

Marie Seton, Member

Masnoh Wilson, Member

Flomo Freeman, Member

Trudy Blamo, Member

UL Scholarship 2009-2010 Report from the LCAC Liberia Coordinator

                           

Date       :         September 24, 2010

To           :        Dr. Dennis

                        Chairman

                        LCAC Scholarship

From      :         William W. Karpeh

                        Coordinator

                        LCAC Scholarship

RE          :        Situation REPORT

REF:  2nd semester 2009/10

 

Registration for the first (1st) semester has commenced in earnest. And three (3) of the beneficiaries, candidates, are expected to graduate. Moreover, I have made numerous calls for submission of grade sheets and  continue to as of the submission of this report. the BFO needs of our listing. And Monday normal classes at the University begin, while the registration closes by October 15th, the second week in next month.  However, those who have yielded to call and have submitted their grade sheets are as follows;

 

1.     Alexander Kessely [2.500]

2.     Archie Karser [2.750]

3.     Cyrus Cephas [3.000]

4.     Dave Karpilee [2.500]

5.     George Belaway (candidate) [2.428]

6.     Ida D. A. capehart (candidate) [2.571]

7.     Jack G. Flomo [2.800]

8.     Jeuty Davis (candidate) [3.307]

9.     Solomon Saah [3.307]

10.   Tenneh Toure [2.750]

11.   Varney K. Siafa [2.461]

12.    Vincent F. Eruophe [2.500]

13.    Winston T. Kesseh [1.333]

And those who have not submitted their grade sheets are as follows;

1.     Francis Fallah

2.     Jacob Nankay

3.     Victor Whea

4.     Wooiklee Sundayboy Paye

During the period mentioned above; LCAC Scholarship members discussed the below listed activities;

1.     Proposed LCAC SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION

2.     Dr. Dennis’ Letter to members

3.     Website to join

4.     The new GPA regulation

5.     The computer stick (20 pen drives)

6.      Publicity relative to the distribution of the computer sticks

1.     Proposed LCAC SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION

Considering the goodwill gesture, relative to helping their brothers back home achieve their educational desire, the beneficiaries of the LCAC Scholarship decided to organize themselves into an association named and styled LCAC SCHOLARS_UL. And this came from the background that they want to get to know one another better, which was pioneered by William Wortee Karpeh. For this reason they decided to have this association; not only for academic benefits, but as a social club that will be there, intended for togetherness of one another in good times as well as in bad ones. However, this is still in the formative stage. And roll-out is expected to commence during this semester with the conclusion of the draft constitution and the election of officers to steer the state-of-affairs of the new association.

2.     Dr. Dennis Letter to members

We received the letter from Dr. Dennis in which he mentioned; with deep regrets the abrupt cancelation of his planned trip to Monrovia due to major operation that his dear wife had to undergo. Additionally, he reaffirmed his support to see all his scholars, who will be maintained on the scheme until they graduate from the University of Liberia. Additionally, they were admonished that to study was their responsibility. It was made, emphatically; clear that all those who anticipated obtaining their masters degree upon the completion of graduation, the LCAC was at the moment unable to sponsor anyone this program.

3.     Website to join

All LCAC scholars were, also, admonished to join the MY LIBERIAN NETWORK website, established by Dr. Dennis, which could possibly open other opportunities to them as well. Moreover, it could serve as a resource center for them to enhance their achievements in their studies at the University.

4.     The new GPA regulation

For the GPA, it was mentioned, that while the support was there for the scholars they were also encouraged to be studious in their work and in so doing they would have to obtain a 2.500 GPA to be maintained on the scholarship scheme. I also mentioned that they should consider themselves amongst the luckiest on campus owing to the fact that to look for school fees was a thing of the past, but to study was all that was needed to be done. Additionally, I mentioned that other scholarship obligated their beneficiaries to a 3.500 GPA to be maintained, citing the Liberian in Jacksonville.

5.     The computer stick (20 pen drives)

As a gift promised from Dr. Dennis, twenty (20) pen drives were sent from the USA to all LCAC scholars, including the coordinator and two (2) staff members of the Business and Finance Office (BFO) that could help them store some of their academic works, music and any other thing that could possibly be stored through electronic means. Unfortunately, nineteen (19) pen drives were delivered and received through the UL president’s office. And the coordinator took delivery of same from the Vice President for Academic Affairs – Dr. Nelson. However, it was received with thanks and appreciation by those they were intended for.

6.      Publicity relative to the distribution of the computer sticks

As stated in Dr. D. letter, relative to the distribution of the pen drives, we were asked to invite some members of the media to cover the distribution exercise as well as some members of the authority and student community. Presently, we are mobilizing personal contributions from beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme for launching of the association. And during this exercise the pen drives will be distributed.

Constraints/challenges/RED FLAG 

One of the constraints faced, with, is the delay by some of the beneficiaries in bring their grade sheets (progress reports) to have same forwarded to the LCAC Committee in the USA.

OBSERVATION

ØI have observed that from the University position, as it relates to BFO, there are no hindrances to our registration process owing to the fact that our fees are always paid on time, unlike other scholarship scheme their scholars are embarrassed endlessly during the registration process.

ØI also observed that those that are delaying in bringing their grade sheets are the ones that have not met up with the GPA requirement.

ØI observed that some of the beneficiaries have gone on probation and are holding back on submitting their grade sheet.

Ø

ACTION TAKING SOFAR

ØBy Friday I will no longer call, message or accept grade sheets.

UL Scholarship 2011-2012 Report from the LCAC Scholarship Committee Chair

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

UL Scholarship 2011-2012 2nd Semester Report from the LCAC Liberia Coordinator

 

LCAC SCHOLARS Updated Report For Second Semester of 2011-2012

This is information from Mr. William Karpeh, our LCAC scholarship coordinator for the 2nd semester of Academic Year 2011-2012.  First Semester graduation exercises are scheduled for December 21, 2011.

Old LCAC Scholars taking classes for the 2nd   semester

name

Id

college

classification

credits

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and 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$4,080.00

 

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

7

L$2680.00

 

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$33,095.00

$472.79   (USD)

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

New LCAC Scholars taking classes for the 2nd   Semester

Name

Id

Major

classification

credits

Tuition and Fees

 

Ansumana Kromah

66987

Mining Engineering

Freshman

 

L$4,705.00

 

Davida Wilson

34105

Forestry

Senior

 

L$2,170.00

 

Elizabeth Toe

60339

Mass Communication

Freshman

 

L$4,005.00

(not a science student)

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$4,880.00

(private sponsorship)

Massa Akoi

48580

 

Junior

 

 

No contact

Octavius Nehan

71195

 

Freshman

 

 

No contact

Dak Aboah

50279

 

Sophomore

 

 

No contact

Daniel Fayiah

63815

 

Freshman

 

 

No contact

1 US dollar = 70 liberian $

 

 

 

total

L$28,150.00

$402.14   (USD)

No contact has been made with students Massa Akoi, Octavius Nehan, Dak Aboah and Daniel Fayiah yet.

Total second semester 2011-2012 tuition for all of the accounted students above, in US dollars is $874.93.

Summary

Four of our new LCAC scholarship recipients have not yet been located due to limited email or telephone communications.  I will have to investigate on my arrival in Liberia on December 21.  One of our new scholarship recipients, Elizabeth Toe, has been identified as not a Science student but a Mass Communications student in Liberia College. What do we do about that? New scholarship recipient Salome Garway will be privately sponsored by a friend of LCAC who lives in Hartford, Ms. Letonia Wright.  I would estimate that a total deposit of $1000 will cover the tuition and fees for this 2011-2012 second semester and would assume the same for the upcoming first semester of the academic year 2012-2013.

 

Dr. Emmett C. Dennis

LCAC Education Chairperson