By Ebele Orakpo

In continuation of its tradition of attracting the brightest students from throughout Nigeria and Africa, the American University of Nigeria (AUN), will offer 75 merit scholarships to already accepted candidates in the 2017 fall semester.

According to a release issued by the Office of Communications & Public Relations of the university, the highly competitive computer-based examination will take place in 25 centers across the country on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Assistant VP of Recruitment & Marketing, Julius AyukTabe, said the examination centers have been carefully selected to cover all the nation’s six geopolitical zones. Two scholarship winners will emerge from each of the nation’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and one nationwide.

“Each year, AUN sets aside a large fund for scholarships and other forms of financial aid to undergraduate students.  Over the years, it has awarded about 1,000 different scholarships, including close to 300 covering full tuition, board, books, and meals. In the 2016/2017 session alone, AUN dedicated more than N102 million to its scholarship program, for both new and returning students.

“Last spring’s nationwide winner was 18-year-old Ms. Maryam Habila Usman, from Borno State and a former student of Air Force Girls Secondary School, Jos. She is in the Natural and Environmental Sciences program. Scholarship students are often among the finest of AUN’s graduates,” the release said.

Since its founding in 2003 by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, AUN has been bringing together the best and brightest candidates from all over Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Niger, Chad, Sierra Leone, and other African countries, to study under one roof.  The university seeks to make its American-style liberal education possible for all qualified applicants, regardless of family income.

The University’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Ms. Onyinye Immaculata Onuigbo, from Enugu State, whose 3.98 CGA (out of 4 points) was the highest in the university’s history, was a scholarship student.  Ms. Onuigbo is the daughter of an electrician father and nurse mother.  She completed her studies at AUN in its prestigious Petroleum Chemistry program.

Candidates are referred to the university’s website –  – for further details on how to apply.


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