Livingstone offers full scholarship to Liberian teenager who paid back money – Salisbury Post
By Natalie Anderson
SALISBURY – Livingstone College on Wednesday awarded a full scholarship to a Liberian teenager who became a national hero after returning tens of thousands of dollars to the rightful owner.
Emmanuel Tuloe, 18, was driving his motorcycle taxi in northeast Nimba County in Liberia when he discovered US $ 50,000 and Liberian $ 100,000 wrapped in a plastic bag on the road. Tuloe’s aunt kept the money until he could return it to Musu Yancy, a business owner who made a return request over the radio later that day. Christopher Fahn, a journalist in Liberia, first reported the story.
Tuloe’s story has attracted international attention, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr George Manneh Weah, visiting Tuloe at his home last week. Tuloe told Weah that her desire was to complete her education after having to drop out of seventh grade to operate a motorcycle taxi service to support her family. Weah and her family personally offered Tuloe a scholarship to attend the school of her choice in Liberia, as well as $ 10,000 and two new motorcycles. The owner of the money has also provided Tuloe with money and materials worth $ 1,500, including a mattress he plans to give to his grandmother.
On Wednesday, Tuloe and her family virtually joined Livingstone College President Dr Jimmy Jenkins and other staff, the Liberian Organization of Piedmont in Winston-Salem and Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States George SW Patten Sr. to accept a full scholarship from the school. . Tuloe plans to finish high school before enrolling at Salisbury University, but Livingstone’s offer is good whenever he’s ready. Tuloe said he planned to study engineering.
Livingstone, a historically black university, has a long history with Liberia through its founding denomination AME Zion Church and through its collaboration with the Liberian Organization of Piedmont, located in Winston-Salem. Each year, Livingstone College sponsors two Liberian students every four years.
Patten praised Tuloe for her selflessness and integrity, adding that few young people would have returned the money like Tuloe did given the difficulties in Liberia.
“This scholarship will go a long way in encouraging all young people in Liberia to think and believe that integrity is important,” Patten said. “Selflessness is important. This kind gesture from you, Dr Jenkins, will go a long way in teaching our young people and encouraging them to do the right thing.
Jenkins said that after reading international reports on Tuloe’s stock, the school decided to offer the scholarship because “education is the safest beacon for upward mobility in the world.”
“He could have easily said, ‘Well, that’s pennies from heaven,’ and keep that money and move on … to keep it for the family somehow,” Jenkins said.
Dr James Hunder Sr., founding president of the Liberian Piedmont Organization, said Tuloe’s actions are something everyone should emulate.
“I have a deceased friend… and I learned from her, and she said, ‘People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you make them feel, ”said Browne. “Emmanuel, what you did, you made us Liberians – and I can say this especially for myself – you make me so proud and proud of Liberia.”
Quoting Psalms 22: 1 in the Bible, LOP President Olu Browne said Tuloe’s gesture proves that “a good name is better than a lot of wealth.”
“I understand that even during this time of giving and giving things can also be difficult because it’s a new thing for you and it’s a challenge in one area or another,” said Browne. “So we pray for you that one day you may join us on this side as you continue to work hard and complete your education so that you can get to this point and be able to share with the Livingstone family of blue bears.
Tuloe expressed her gratitude to God, her family and everyone present on Wednesday for their support.
Mayor Karen Alexander and Rowan County Commissioners Deputy Chairman Jim Greene were in attendance and praised Tuloe for his integrity and the example he has set for young people in America.
“(Tuloe’s) actions fit perfectly into the model that Dr. Jenkins has as a mission for this school and its students,” Alexander said. “As I’ve been taught, it’s those times when we do things that no one else knows, but we make that decision, that’s when we show the presence of God in our lives. And I want to defend that today because I think that’s what’s missing in a lot of our culture today, that sense of obligation to do what’s right when no one else is watching.
Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.