No fewer than hundred young Nigerians will benefit from this year’s scholarship offer from a non-governmental organisation, i-Scholar Initiative (iSI).
The initiative seeks to mentor and empower young African students to fulfill their dreams of pursuing graduate studies via access to fully-funded scholarships at world-class foreign universities by leveraging the networks of partners.
A statement by the Secretary, Dr. Olufemi Nelson Fajolu, confirmed the position of the initiative’s Board of Trustees.
Fajolu disclosed that the decision to increase the number of beneficiaries to 100 was made following a joint meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the Management Committee of the organization.
He said: “Since inception, the number of young Nigerian men and women benefiting from the initiatives’ scholarship has consistently increased from the initial 20 in 2019 to 50 in 2020 to 65 in 2022 and 70 in 2023.”
Fajolu, who acknowledged that offering scholarships to 100 Nigerians might be a challenge, noted that the milestone would not have been reached if not for the mentorship, financial support, and voluntary sacrifices from partners.
He further thanked the partners on behalf of the BoT and the MC for their support over the years.
iSI scholarships cover the cost of standardized tests required by foreign universities to qualify for their funded graduate school admissions.
It also pays a predetermined amount for graduate school application fees for all scholarship awardees.
According to Fajolu, the application for the 2024 edition of the scholarship will open on January 8 and will be on for one month.
Qualified Nigerians are advised to apply on the organization’s website: https://ischolarinitiative.org/
- This article was originally published in The Nation newspaper on January 6, 2024.