Arcelor Mittal Liberia has awarded eight Liberian students full international scholarships in various disciplines, as a way of enabling them to complete their undergraduate studies outside the country.
The scholarship was awarded in diverse disciplines associated with ArcelorMittal operation to include mining, environmental safety, and other engineering studies.
The students were selected through an independent vetting process and sought bright skills who were ready to pride themselves in Liberia.
They are expected to return to Liberia to contribute to the country’s infrastructure development, following their studies in undergraduate studies.
As a part of the scholarship process, ArcelorMittal Liberia is responsible to address all financial costs of the eight students at these prestigious International universities along with allowances after every six months.
Making remarks Wednesday at the official announcement of the scholarship, Arcelor Mittal Chief Executive officer for mining of Simone Wandke said the company will do a lot for struggling students in Liberia as a way of helping the country.
“I encouraged you to take advantage of the scholarship and study hard to make the company and Liberia proud. I look at your grades and was pleased.
According to him, the scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for the students to understand other cultural life experiences outside of the country.
He at the same time expressed hope that the scholarship given to the eight students will create an opportunity for the return to take over the company workforce.
He disclosed that he hopes that the entire company will be operated by Liberian n the nearest future.
Wandke at the same time encourage those who dorm a part of the application process but we’re not successful, not to be deterred to continue taking other opportunities, and the same that will come from Arcelor Mittal in the future.
At the same time, Mr. Wandke said he looks forward to the student working with the company in other countries during their vacation period aimed at improving their skill in whatever discipline they are studying.
“You are going to be learning about the new environment, about the culture of other nations as well as their social and political certain,” he said.
He encouraged them to not only focus on studying alone but to use the medium to network for a meaningful future life.
Wandke said as part of ArcelorMittal capacity-building skills to enable Liberians to take over the entire workforce of the company in the not too distant future, it is continuing its capacity development program from several persons in Yekepa, Nimba County.
According to him, the vocational education curriculum is now being expanded, because the company sees the area as a backbone for its future operations, stressing that more people will be enrolled in the following semesters.
Meanwhile, the two of the eight beneficiaries who spoke in separate remarks expressed delight for the scholarship from the Arcelor Mittal.
According to them, it was surprising to see the process so transparent, contrary to the normal Liberia scenario of having someone within before being qualify for such a process.
They at the same time appealed to the company to help them speed up processes leading to getting their traveling documents on time.
They promised to study and come second to none.