Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Deborah Gonkpah

SHE-CAN Scholar: Deborah Gonkpah

Deborah Karny Gonkpah is seeking a Healthcare, International Development and Policy, Non-Profit, Social Justice, or Environmental Internship. For a copy of her resume, please email Program Director Madison Shepard (mshepard@shecan.global).

Deborah enrolled at Bucknell University during the fall of 2022. Deborah graduated high school as one of the top three students in her class and one of the top scorers in Grand Bassa County on the WASSCE, Liberia’s national exam. The Minister of Finance also gave her the Nyonblee Care Foundation Scholarship and the coveted Weah Learn Project Scholarship. Deborah served as Class Secretary, Executive Director of the Health and Environmental Club, Captain of her school’s female academic Quiz Bowl team, second debate team speaker, and then Vice President of her senior class while in high school. In 2018, she was chosen to represent Liberia in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program (KLYES) – a one-year study abroad in the United States.

Deborah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of We Can Liberia, a non-profit youth organization with the mission of empowering Liberia via cleanliness, education, and business. Deborah has hosted numerous radio shows on sex education and sanitation awareness and has generated cash for the Modoc Orphanage Home, the Buchanan Jail Complex, and the Buchanan Government Hospital. This led to her public sector and medical field ambitions. She has provided school supplies to 135 girls and 43 boys in Bong, Grand Bassa, and rural Montserrado, and her We Can Liberia scholarship program is now helping five disadvantaged students.

Deborah believes that education is power and is a tool that women may utilize to realize their full potential. She believes in the empowerment and engagement of women and intends to educate fifty girls through We Can Liberia by 2030.

Highlights From Past Work Experience:

  • Assistant, Public Safety Community Service at Bucknell University 
  • Intern, Buchanan National Port in Grand Bassa
  • Intern, Radio Gbehzohn in Liberia 

Languages Spoken: English

SHE-CAN scholar Deborah Gonkpah Bucknell University

Academic Major

Biological Research and Diplomacy
Class of 2026

Mentor Team

Oliver Burns, Head of Strategic Partnerships, FIS
James Ray, Managing Director, Dragonfly Growth Partners
Menda Sims, Chief Payments Officer, Stax
Nancy Yates, VP Partnerships, Prove