Liberian Students Receive Scholarships Through VP Assistance

Thursday, 28th May 2009
Detroit, Michigan - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has received three scholarships from the Wayne State University through the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, for Liberian students to study engineering and computer science.  Making the presentation on May 28, the Pastor of the Church, Rev. Doctor Jim Holley, said the scholarships named in honor of the Vice President was in furtherance of his strong desire to help educate Liberian youth.

A release from the Vice Presidentís Office said the donation was made on May 27 during a banquet hosted in honor of the Vice President by the Liberia-Michigan Business Investment Ground and the Liberian Community Association of Michigan.  The Liberia-Michigan Group also donated laptop computers to the Vice Presidentís Office and one multi-seater van to the Vice President for use by the Group of 77.  

Vice President Boakai recalled that Liberian youth were exploited and misused during the Liberian conflict and called on other humanitarian organizations to emulate the example of Rev. Holley.  Hon. Boakai said the scholarships will help deserving students get the education they need to return to Liberia and contribute.

Meanwhile, the Liberia-Michigan Group has announced their commitment to help rebuild the Liberian economy by creating job opportunities for Liberians.   The group expressed interest in the Liberian extractive energy sector and also in the financial and banking industries.

Vice President Boakai was accompanied to Detroit by Liberiaís ambassador accredited near Washington, Hon. Nathaniel Barnes.