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50 Nigerians get i-Scholar’s sponsorship for post-graduate qualifiers

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50 Nigerians get i-Scholar’s sponsorship for post-graduate qualifiers

Fifty Nigerians have been awarded scholarships to take the standardized pre-qualification test to undertake postgraduate studies in Europe, America and Asia.

The 50 lucky recipients were among 850 Nigerians who applied for the scholarship hosted by a US-based charity, i-Scholar Initiative (iSI).

They must obtain full funding to pass the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). admission to the law school (LSAT).

The sponsorship also covers a predetermined number of application fees and end-to-end mentoring support through peer mentoring, webinars and workshops.

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Speaking at the online onboarding session for 2020/2021 grantees, an iSI Board member (BoT), Professor Idowu Olayinka, noted that the initiative aims to help many Nigerians who wanted to continue their studies abroad.

Olayinka, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, added that the initiative was aimed at reducing the financial burden on applicants and providing them with the right mentorship as they progressed.

President of the iSI Board of Directors (BoT), Tolulope Ewherido,

“Unfortunately, for many of our compatriots, the desire to continue their studies is often hampered by lack of funding and insufficient information on the application process.

“It is in this regard that the i-Scholar Initiative has come to the rescue with its intervention to inspire graduates over the past three years to pursue their ambitions,” he said.

He added that many of the former recipients of the 2019 bundle were already in various fully funded graduate programs in the United States and around the world with funding over $ 2 million.

Olayinka added that between 2019 and 2020, a total of 70 Nigerians were supported with more than $ 27,000 invested in addition to mentoring, adding that the scope of support increased further in 2021 to include the payment of application fees in plus the traditional GRE and TOEFL.

For iSI President Victor Ogunmola, he said the initiative, since 2019, has provided ongoing career mentoring and coaching, tracking career progress at the college and postgraduate level, as well as networking opportunities for academics.

He added that the project is part of the initiative’s drive to build a younger and empowered generation for Africa’s future leadership, innovation and overall development.

“We are doing this for the next generation of leaders. We want to do more. We want to offer full scholarships, we want to sponsor visa fees, plane tickets and tuition fees, ”he said.

ISI Board Chair (BoT)Tolulope Ewherido, tasked beneficiaries to be role models for the next generation of young people, asking them to pay for the next.

Ewherido thanked the sponsors and volunteers whose activities and support have continued to deliver results since 2019, when the organization started offering scholarships to Nigerians.

For a recipient of the sponsorship, Joy Amadi, a first class graduate in chemistry from Federal University of Lokoja, she expressed her gratitude for being selected.

“I am grateful for the selection. It’s a big win for me and I’m so motivated. It will help me to become a scientist and contribute my quota to the development of the country, ”she said. (NAA)

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