BY DAYO ADESULU
In the quest to give Nigerian students quality education and leadership skill, 7up Bottling Company Plc has announced the scholarship award to Mr Olujimi Williams to study at Harvard University for two years.
The Executive Director, 7up Bottling Company Plc, Mr Femi Mokikan who made this known at the award ceremony held yesterday at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, said that the purpose of the “7up Harvard Business School Scholarship” is to give young qualified Nigerians the opportunity to acquire business skills and leadership training in the world’s topmost business school.
“One of our problems in this country is leadership. We want to fill the gap by training young Nigerians in Harvard where they can acquire leadership skills to save our country from future leadership problem,” he added
According to the ED, the scholarship which will cost over $100,000 will last for two years without any string tired to it. He explained that it is not mandatory for scholarship recipients to come back after graduation and work for 7up, stressing that its objective is to transform our youths leadership mentality so as to get the best from them when they come back.
To benefit from the scheme, Mokikan noted that aspirants must tender a provisional admission letter from Harvard school and must be resident in Nigeria. The letter, he noted will be taken to Harvard for confirmation after which applicants will face three stages of interview from 7up executive panels.
He pointed out that the panels will probe into how they funded their primary, secondary and university education in the past to ascertain if there was financial need indeed which they could not afford. “Funding will not be an issue as 7up is ready to support any candidate that comes out successfully,” he said.
On his part, Olujimi William, the recipient of the scholarship said, he was elated to be privileged to study in Harvard University which is known as one of the best universities in the world adding that what thrilled him about the institution is their style of teaching.
His words: “Harvard style of teaching is fantastic. A school where students sit together to discuss academic issues and seek solution to them. An institution of global presence where chief executive officers believe no one knows everything. It is a diverse school of study where you find almost all courses of study, even the military come for military training . Learning continues even after the classroom.”