Don’t compare yourself to others! Rise Above the Crowd! Be yourself! This was the fiery cry from Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee on Saturday, September 1, 2018. She spoke passionately from her own experience about what it takes to be successful. This was the annual Gathering of Scholars.
The workshop was held in Monrovia under the Education for Peace and Development (EPAD) program area. The gathering brought together thirty-seven (37) students, mostly female. GPFA scholars attend colleges and universities around the country. They are recruited because they have a determination to succeed. They have risen out of disadvantaged, impoverished backgrounds and show an incredible desire for learning. All scholars have grade point averages of at least 3.0/4.0. These scholars are part of the African Youth Education Initiative, President’s Fellow or Our Children’s Fund.
The Gathering of Scholars event provides the opportunity for GPFA scholarship beneficiaries to share experiences, learn from each other and interact with the Nobel Laureate and staff of GPFA. Madame Gbowee encouraged the scholars to serve as mentors to younger students who are in grade school and to always keep humble.
During the event, Mrs. Lovette Tucker was introduced as the new Executive Director, along with seven new scholarship recipients.