Harbel, Liberia, West Africa – 10 September 2019: Firestone Liberia today presented fifty-three Liberian students with full scholarship certificates for the next stage of their education at a ceremony held at the company’s Sr. High School Auditorium.
The students will be studying at a number of Liberia’s colleges and universities, including Cuttington University, Stella Maris Polytechnic, and Mother Patern College of Health Sciences. Scholarship recipients were awarded based on merit and performance.
Don Darden, General Manager, Firestone Liberia, who presented the scholarship certificates, said, “On behalf of Firestone Liberia, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the students and their families, and extend best wishes for their continued success. Firestone Liberia is committed to the highest standards of education in our school system, which spans 26 schools, employs more than 350 educators, and has currently enrolled close to 9,000 students who will attend at no cost.”
Speaking on behalf of the scholarship recipients, Kezelee Koiwu of Cuttington University lauded the company for providing them the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate education.
The Firestone Senior High School is consistently ranked as one of the top 35 schools in Liberia, and last month announced a 100% pass rate for 270 graduates who sat the latest West African Senior School Examinations (WASSCE) this year.
About Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC:
Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia, West Africa. The company operates a 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing approximately 6,000 teammates who harvest and process natural rubber. After processing, the natural rubber is shipped to Bridgestone Americas’ tire plants in North America for the manufacture of tires. Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.