Scholarships are being remodeled at the American University of Nigeria where all prospective students interested in the merit-based scholarships are required to write a competitive examination. It will henceforth be administered every May in all the six geopolitical regions of Nigeria.
To qualify for the scholarship contest, candidates must have a minimum score of 245 on the Joint Admissions & Matriculation Board Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (JAMB-UTME) test and a minimum of 10 A’s and B’s. These must include 4A’s (preferably in English Language and Mathematics) and 6B’s on the other academic subjects, not including Agricultural Sciences, a Nigerian language, Religion, or Home Economics.
There are also scholarships for non-Nigerians that will be awarded to 10 students; three for Cameroonians and two for Rwandans.
Besides the merit-based scholarships, there are also need-based scholarship opportunities. However, this category is usually reserved for under-served persons who are already AUN students.
More good news is that the scholarship program at AUN is growing. Recently, the University received a scholarship from the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) and the Friends of Nigeria (FON). This will support a female student at AUN.
Meanwhile, six high school students from across the federation recently emerged winners of the University’s scholarships contested in the nation’s six geographical zones for the first time on May 26, the maiden AUN Day.
The lucky winners are: Nneoma Jennifer Emejuru (female, Providence High School, Enugu), Chiamaka Elsie Nwachukwu (female, Cita High School, Port Harcourt), Zamiyat Ozohu Abubakar (female, May Day College, Lagos), Joseph Shwarmu’ut Dalughut (male, St. John’s Vianney Seminary, Jos), Kingsley Celestine Jima (male, St Peter’s Seminary, Yola) and Fatima Zahra’u Ali (female, Queens Science Academy, Kano).
The examination was used to assess 54 candidates for merit-based scholarships and will henceforth be held annually. Worth about ₦120 million for the six winners, the scholarships cover full tuition, accommodation and feeding for all beneficiaries throughout their undergraduate years, provided that they meet the renewal condition of a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Apart from those based on merit, there are also need-based scholarships for the underserved, enrolled students. Sports and other achievement scholarships are also available at AUN. In addition, AUN recently received a scholarship from the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) and the Friends of Nigeria (FON). This scholarship will support a female student at AUN.