The Federal Scholarship Board, a Department in the Federal Ministry of Education, has granted scholarship worth two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250, 000.00) each per session to eighteen (18) undergraduate students of the Prince Abubakar Audu University (formerly Kogi State University), Anyigba.
While presenting the letters of the scholarship award to the University, the representative of the Scholarship Board, Dr. Abdulkareem Gaminana, said the students secured the scholarship after passing the prescribed Computer Based Test organised by the Board.
He stressed that the qualification for the annual scholarship entry is a minimum CGPA of 4.00, adding that the beneficiaries would continue to enjoy the scheme throughout the period of their studies.
He further explained that the Board would be doing continuous verification of the student status of the beneficiaries on yearly basis before the benefit for each session could be released.
Dr. Gaminana also added that the scholarship is opened to postgraduate students, with Masters students entitled to three hundred thousand naira (N300, 000.00) and PhD students, three hundred and eighty thousand naira (N380,000.00) per session for a maximum of two sessions.
While presenting the scholarship letters to the beneficiaries, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marietu Ohunene Tenuche, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Dr Daniel Atidoga, congratulated the students for doing the University proud, stressing that the award was a reflection of their diligence and commitment to studies.
She urged the beneficiaries to continue to do the University proud by showing excellent commitment to their studies, adding that the University would continue to provide enabling environment for students to excel.
She urged the students to use the scholarship for the purpose it was meant for, as it would go a long way in reducing the burden on their parents. The Vice-Chancellor also urged other students in the University to work hard to project the image of the institution positively through exhibition of positive competitive spirit on both national and international scenes.
Professor Tenuche also expressed gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Education for providing the scholarship opportunity and stressed the determination of the University to continue to nurture young talents who do the nation proud.
She also appreciated the Kogi State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, for the provision of enabling environment for the sustenance of the University.
In their response shortly after receiving their offer of award, the students who are drawn from across departments and faculties in the University, thanked the Federal Scholarship Board for offering them the opportunity and promised to continue work hard and do the University and their parents proud.
They also thanked the leadership of the University for providing them with facilities and other resources that have assisted greatly in advancing their studies.