Six high school students from across the Federation have emerged winners of the American University of Nigeria’s scholarships contested in the nation’s six geographical zones for the first time at the maiden AUN Day.
The lucky winners: 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).
According to Mr. Abubakar Abba Tahir, Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Communications, “the examination was used to assess 54 candidates for merit-based scholarships and will henceforth be held annually”, saying, “about N120 million for the six winners 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, Tahir noted, “there are also need-based scholarships for the under-served, enrolled students. Sports and other achievement scholarships are also available at AUN.
In another development, 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.
AUN is located in Yola, northeast, Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon. Candidates for qualifying examination must have a minimum score of 245 on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (JAMB-UTME) test and a minimum of 10 A’s and B’s obtained at the high-school level.
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.