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L - Executive Director Hicks, R - Board Member Ambassador Dear, Our First Four Scholarship Recipients Alatishe, Agnaman, Bigba and Eboi
  
March 2016                       INSIDE IUGB
        
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY - THE KEY TO LIE SUCCESS
Donor Profile - Rev. Dr. Leon Eichelberger and Dr. Joy Eichelberger

Success in life is positively correlated with the ability to access opportunity, and opportunity is positively correlated with educational level attainment.  This truth was made clear to us by our parents at a very early age, though not quite phrased that way. Rather, our wise parents simply said, "a good education will take you far; it will open doors for you". This value for education and the encouragement to "work hard" and give back to others, particularly to "needy" students, fuel our passion for the IUGB effort. Though considered needy ourselves, we each attained terminal degrees in our fields: (myself, undergraduate degree from Johnson C. Smith University and master's and Education degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University, respectively).   Read More...
COCA-COLA, IUGB SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT  

On March 3, 2016, a delegation from The Coca-Cola Company visited IUGB.  This historic visit significantly broadened the relationship between the institutions with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between IUGB and the Coca-Cola Export Corporation Abidjan Representative Office ("CCEC") to promote cooperation and to develop programs and activities of mutual interest.  This was also the first visit of Mr. Alexander Cummings, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca-Cola World Enterprises, to the IUGB campus. Joining the delegation were President, Central, East and West Africa Business Unit, Mr. Kevin Balogun; General Manager, CIA Franchise, Mr. Lionel Marumahoko and Franchise Development Director for West Africa Mr. Rocky Findley. Read More...
INVEST FOR SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Thanks to the combined generosity of our dedicated individual and corporate supporters, our campaign now stands at nearly $140,000 in pledges and donations!
 
We sincerely appreciate your giving to-date, however we still need your help to achieve our goal of $200,000 by the end of 2016 to increase three or four-fold the number of students awarded scholarships last year. In this regard, we are happy to report that overall, the first four IUGB Foundation scholarship recipients awarded in 2015 are living up to the high standards set by the IUGB Scholars Program and are committed to academic excellence and social responsibility. As IUGB's student population continues to increase-enrollment is now 550 compared to 500 last fall-success in our efforts to raise funds for our students in need is critically important.

We need your help now!

PLEASE DO NOT WAIT... DONATE TODAY!
AFNET HONORED AT IUGB FOUNDATION ATLANTA GATHERING

On March 9, 2016, a dedicated group of supporters and friends gathered in downtown Atlanta to learn more about the International University of Grand-Bassam, the IUGB Foundation and its Invest for Success Scholarship Campaign.  As guests arrived and introduced themselves, a synergy around Sub-Saharan African development quickly emerged.  The evening's highlight was the presentation to Ms. Maferima Ouattara, Secretary of the Atlanta Chapter of AFNET, (Alumni and Friends Network) of a Certificate of Appreciation for AFNET's contribution to the IUGB Foundation's Invest for Success campaign.  Read More...
From L-R: Maferima Ouattara, Derreck and Sarah Kayongo, Kathy Parker, Denise Berry, Dr Joy and Rev. Dr. Leon Eichelberger, Regilynn Haywood (Guest of Rev. Dr. Leon and Dr. Joy Eichelberger)
IN THEIR OWN WORDS....OUR FIRST FOUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
We asked our students what they thought about their first semester.  As you can see from the answers below, they continue to work hard with an eye towards their future and with determination to achieve their goals.

Agui Eboi "...My first semester was great.  I had a good GPA, but I will do my best to improve that.  I achieved my personal, academic and social goals, and I met a lot of friends. After graduation, I intend to obtain a Masters in Actuarial Science in order to pursue a career in insurance."
Marie-France Bigba:  "Well, I was really busy...The first semester was good, I met a lot of people that I became friends with.  Especially in the library where I spend all my life...for real.  It is not that I'm more confident.  It is just that, now, I understand the system.  I'm still in love with Clinical Psychology."
 


The IUGB Foundation, a 501(c)3 U.S. tax exempt nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the fundraising arm of the International University of Grand-Bassam. The Foundation is committed to helping IUGB realize its vision of becoming a  Regional Center of Higher Education Excellence in West Africa.
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