Osogbo – The family of the late Chief Bola Ige, former Attorney General of the Federation, has announced a N29 million scholarship for indigent students of Osun and Oyo states.
According to the son of the late former attorney general, Mr Olumuyiwa Ige, 66 students have been selected from public schools across the states.
Ige, a former Commissioner in the state, said the students would go through a competitive selection process to choose the best of them.
He stated that the scholarship is intended for students in the senior and junior secondary school categories.
He explained that two students would be picked from each category.
“The rationale behind this scheme is to keep the legacy of my late father alive in the area of prioritising qualitative education for children irrespective of their backgrounds and colours.
“The modality of the scholarships is through giving free education worth N12 million to pupils in the junior category, which will cover their education, feeding, and accommodation from JSS 1 to SS3.
“Also, in the senior category, N2.5 million worth of scholarship will be given to the two winners in the `A’ Level programme, for the duration of one year.
“This will qualify them to get admission in any university around the world.
“The totality of the scholarship scheme is N29 million in all – that is, N24 million for the junior category, and N5 million for the senior category.
“What makes the scheme easier and effective is that our family school, the Vale College, Ibadan is where the students will enjoy the scholarships, which will make mentoring and monitoring more effective,” Ige said.
The Vice-Principal of the school, Mr Billy Oladimeji, said that the selection process was on merit.
He said the second stage of the scheme, was an oral test, with a view to discovering the oratory prowess of the students, the virtue in which late Bola Ige was known for in his life time.
Oladimeji stated that the winners in the two categories will emerge eventually after the completion of the second stage at Ibadan.