A scholarship project for deserving students at the University of Liberia will be launched this weekend in New York City.
The project which is in its emergent stage will be launched on Sunday October 7, 2012 by the Organization of New York Mandingo otherwise known as ONYMA.
The scholarship program according to the leadership of the Organization of New York Mandingo will underwrite the tuition of two students at the University of Liberia who meet the eligibility requirements.
The two students according to an ONYMA press release will need to demonstrate significant financial needs prior to their approval on the scholarship program.
The ONYMA release further said that more funding and number of beneficiary would increase if the scholarship program improves.
The leadership of the Organization of New York Mandingo said it will be honored to see the scholarship project launched by two prominent community leaders.
Mohamed Dorley, Presidents of the Minnesota Mandingo Association, and Layee Toure, President of the Atlanta Mandingo Association will jumpstart the scholarship project.
The program according to the Organization of New York Mandingo will commence with a soccer match between ONYMA and the Worcester International Sports Association of Connecticut, WISA, at Harris Park on Paul Avenue and Twentieth Street in the Bronx, New York. This according to the press release will be followed by a fund raising event and an after hour program at about 9pm.
Education specialists in 2003 prior to the departure of Charles Taylor put Liberia’s illiteracy rate at seventy-five percent; many at the time blamed it on the civil unrest in the country.
It is apparent that there has been proliferation of Liberian organizations both in Liberia and the diaspora, most of these organizations are geared toward rebuilding Liberia with education at the forefront.