Young Liberian Athlete Gets 3-Year Scholarship to Foster Career in USA


Little Milton Yoko & his Mother Annie Jones

Monrovia – The Fay School in Boston, United States of America has awarded a three year scholarship to athlete Milton Sam Jones to foster both his academic and soccer career at that learning institution.

Little Jones, aged 12, left Liberia on Friday, June 21, 2017 to begin his academic and soccer career at Fay School.

He was recruited by Nation One Academy – Liberia, a sporting institution located of the Monrovia – Robertsfield Highway in the Bonjal Community, Paynesville, Montserrado County.

Speaking Friday at Nation One Academy Head Offices, the Academy’s Director, Melton Yoko, said Little Jones will be at the school for the first three years.

Mr. Yoko disclosed that base on Little Jones performance during the first three years, his scholarship could be extended to another three years and even up to playing College Level soccer in the United States.

 “Little Milton Jones is the first recruit of Nation One Academy – Liberia to  be awarded such a scholarship after years of trying to get talented Liberian athletes to get out of Liberia to showcase their  wonderful skills”, Mr. Yoko stated.

He said  Fay School in Massachusetts, Boston is in partnership with Nation One Academy – Liberia which has been helping children since 1866 and one of the oldest boarded schools in the United States.

The Director of Nation One Academy – Liberia disclosed that the school has paid 71, 580 United States Dollars as fees for Little Milton Jones.

He extended thanks and appreciation to Nation One  Academy Chief Executive Officer, Octawie Tahmoore in the United States for his tireless efforts to connect Little Milton with such a prestigious school and also Rev. Samuel Elders of  African Dream Academy for his vital support to Nation One Academy.

“You Milton is going as an ambassador not only for Nation One Academy but for Liberia and the manner and ways you will conduct yourself will open more opportunities for other young athletes in Liberia, so please behave”. 

He vowed that Nation One Academy – Liberia will be recruiting qualified students from all over the country, including where the level of education is not high.

In a joyous mood, Little Milton, thanked all those who were working behind the scene that led him to be selected for that scholarship and promised to be a true representative of Liberia.

Little Milton: “I am the first to be selected from Nation One Academy, so I will do all I can to proof myself for more Liberians who are members of the Academy to have the same opportunity”.

For her part, Mrs. Jones said it was a surprise for her, though she turned over her son to Mr. Yoko to mentor him [Milton] since he love soccer and today look what has happened, I thank God.

Little Milton Sam Jones was born August 16, 2005, attended the ELWA Academy on the ELWA Compound in Paynesville and was recruited from a community league organized by the current Director of Nation One Academy, Melton Yoko.

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