By Tare Youdeowei
The joy of 1,372 students across the country knew no bounds as MTN Foundation presented scholarship awards to them. In the formal presentation of scholarship awardees to the world held at the National Theatre, Lagos, the MTN Foundation Chairman, Ambasssador Hamzat Ahmadu said: “Overall, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1,205 high performing science and technology students while 167 brilliant, visually impaired students have also received scholarships this year.”
He noted that apart from the previous presentation of scholarships made to students in the Eastern and Northern parts of Nigeria held in Imo and Abuja, South-West zone celebrates 367 scholars.
According to Ahmadu who was represented by Mrs Aishatu Pamela Sadauki, Director, MTNF, the breakdown comprise of 340 Science and Technology students and 27 visually impaired students.
He said: “Our impact goes beyond statistics and figures, it is to shape Nigeria’s future through education; to invest in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders, by providing them with anopportunity to pursue their dreams despite financial limitations.
Ahmadu who assured the recipients of MTN Foundation contineuos support, charged them to maintain the required Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) scores every year.
“Today, the scholarships for beneficiaries from last year, and previous years are being renewed because they continued to meet the set criteria.”
He saluted their efforts, stating that the awardees are a special group of students who have to overcome daily challenges in their quest for success.
We are confident, he noted that the award will move recipients closer to their goal and wish them an enjoyable and truly successful journey in their careers.
Speaking in the same vein, the Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma saidl; “7’500 applied for the MTN Foundation science and technology scholarship scheme. 1,500 students took the test and 500 students won the scholarship scheme.”
According to her, It is a scholarship won by merit adding; “ As you maintain your grade, you will continue to receive your annual grant of N200, 000.”
She, however, noted that the scholarship scheme is designed for students of Science and Technology and for visually impaired students. For the visually impaired, any of them could apply irrespective of their course of study.