The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has shortlisted more than 125 candidates who applied for its Master’s Degree foreign scholarship program for the 2013/2014 academic year. The candidates who made the shortlist passed Phase one of the scholarship candidate identification process. The phase consists of applying two criteria to narrow the brief applicants down those eligible for further scholarship eligibility.
It include, highest Grade Point Average (GPA) in area applied for and; relevance of applicant’s undergraduate degree to NOCAL’s stated areas of academic interest.
According to a release, candidates were shortlisted for various disciplines including Petroleum Finance/Accounting, Petroleum engineering, Petroleum; Economics, Petroleum Data Management, Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science.
Other areas include Drilling Engineering, Geophysics, Geology, Petro-physics and other general areas of study. According to the release, candidates who made this shortlist are advised to proceed to the Corporation’s Headquarters at the Episcopal Building (Corner of Randall and Ashmun Streets), to undergo phase Two of the candidate selection Process on the date assigned to the control number which was issued to them when the application was submitted.
At the same time, NOCAL has released guidelines for Phase two of Candidate Selection Process. It include, interviews within two weeks after the publication of short-listed applicants from phase one of the candidate selection process; administration of Aptitude Test Students will be asked to take an aptitude test, written essay and a verbal interview to qualify for the final cut of successful scholarship applicants; successful candidates will be contacted no more than two weeks after interview.
The release also added that NOCAL will assist candidates to search for and submit their applications for admission to specific universities; students with unconditional admissions will only be processed if the university they applied to is currently on NOCAL’ S list of Recommended Universities; student would be required to sign a study agreement(bond) with NOCAL for the duration of the scholarship with the projected amount for the entire program; successful candidates may be required to provide collateral/guarantee to NOCAL for the scholarship, among others.