This year’s EducationUSA Opportunity Funds has made it possible for 30 underprivileged Nigerian students to attend American universities and colleges with full scholarships estimated at 7.2 million dollars in four years.
About 138 other EducationUSA members also received $8.3 million dollars in partial and full scholarships.
Speaking to the U.S. bound students during their pre-departure orientation recently (Friday, July 19, 2019), the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Aton Smith, urged the students to be good ambassadors for Nigeria and use the opportunity to get quality education while interacting with their American peers and exchanging cultural experiences.
Amongst the departing students, are undergraduate and graduate students accepted at top-notch U.S. institutions. They will be studying a variety of majors, including Engineering, Public Health, Computer Science, Business, Biological Sciences, to mention a few.
Most of the students would not have been able to access higher education in Nigeria.
EducationUSA Opportunity Funds assists highly qualified, but low-income students finance the upfront costs of obtaining admission with full financial aid to top schools in the United States.
U.S. Embassy EducationUSA Abuja continues to work with Northern Nigerian student populations and investing in young people to strengthen human capital development.