U.S. government had given university scholarship to 30 outstanding Nigerian students to enable them to study in the U.S and other countries. The scholarship is in furtherance of the Education U.S.A Opportunity Funds programme.
The Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Malia Heroux, made this known on Friday during the pre-departure orientation for the students. Ms Heroux said 35 students applied for the 2019 scholarship programme but only 30 of them were selected, with 27 of them going to the U.S. while the remaining three got the prestigious Mastercards to Ghana.
She said the students were selected across schools in Nigeria based on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership potential, ethos of giving back to community extracurricular achievement, and talent.
She explained that although the programme was spearheaded by the U.S. embassy in Nigeria, the scholarship and funds were provided by the institutions it partnered with.
“The scholarship is for students who are incredibly high achieving academically but come from backgrounds which are not economically conducive to paying for school fees,” she said. Ms Heroux said the scholarship equally cut across students considered to be leaders in their communities and seeking to make a difference in their communities. “Academically, Education U.S.A. has over 400 advising centres in different countries and we have a larger number of advising in Nigeria because we have such a rich body of created and talented people. “The funding comes from the school themselves this is why we like to work with the students to identify not only what programmes they want to study but universities that offer such programmes and also in financial position to provide for scholarships.