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Interswitch SPAK 1.0 Scholarship for Nigerian Secondary School Students

Application Deadline: 15th April 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2018 Interswitch SPAK 1.0 Scholarship Program for Nigerian Senior Secondary School Students (N7.5Million Scholarship). Interested students should see the details below.

Interswitch SPAK 1.0 Scholarship for Nigerian Secondary School Students

Details and FAQs about the Interswitch SPAK 1.0 Scholarship for Nigerian Secondary School Students

Are you a science student in SS2? Power your dreams with a chance to win N7.5M University Scholarship for 5 years, monthly stipend and other gifts. 

When is the application deadline?

15th April 2018

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?


In which host country will I be studying?


What is the award about?

InterswitchSPAK is an annual search across high schools (public and private) in Nigeria for only SS 2 (year 11) students between the ages of 14-17 years.

It is introduced to chart the ideal career path and drive the student towards full optimization of their potentials and fulfilment of their dreams (either as an inventor or entrepreneur) with a key message of revving up the interest of students; parents, teachers and other key stakeholders towards STEM education and its application in Africa.

What is the category of this opportunity?

Secondary School Scholarship

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  1. This competition is open to students in SSS2 (year 11) between 14 – 17 years; attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria.

  2. Participation in this competition is FREE.

  3. Each School is required to present their BEST six (6) students in Science (SS2 students), irrespective of religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chances of qualifying for the second round of the competition.
  4. Mixed-schools are required to have at least two female students-amongst the six(6)  that would represent them.

  5. There are many examination centers across Nigeria.

How many scholarship awards are available? 


What are the benefits of the award?

All students who make it to the TV quiz competition stage would get plaques, certificate of participation and educational grants amongst other things:

InterswitchSPAK winners will win the following (suggested) prizes aside from cash:

1st Prize

  • Five (5) years University Scholarship + annual stipend worth ₦7,500,000
  •  Laptop

2nd Prize

  • Three (3) years University Scholarship worth ₦4,000,000
  •  Laptop

3rd Prize

One (1) year University Scholarship worth ₦1,000,000

What is the duration of the program?

The SPAK National exam will hold on Saturday April 21st, 2018 across Nigeria, please check the list of centers here.

How to Apply for the Interswitch SPAK 1.0 Scholarship

There are two main levels of the competition.


  • In this stage, all the online registered students’ (i.e. the best SIX (6) from each registered school) will write a National qualifying examination conducted by NECO at designated centers across Nigeria including FCT, Abuja.
  • Each school is to prepare their representatives for the qualifying exams in four subjects- Mathematics, Physics; Chemistry & Biology based on the current year 11 WAEC/NECO syllabuses.
  • The National Qualifying Exams.
  • 100 Objective questions in 75 minutes; 25 each from the 4 Subjects.


  • The best 81 students (with the highest scores) out of those who wrote the qualifying examination will be invited to participate at this stage of the competition. This will be recorded and transmitted on Television across Nigeria and Africa.
  • The overall best three students per State will be recognised.

Program Webpage

Please Note:

  1. Students are advised to check their results via the online platform that will be made available to them from May 21st 2018.

  2. We strongly recommend that students sit for the examination at centres nearest to them·

  3. Only qualified students will be contacted for the second stage (TV quiz) of the competition.

  4. The InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition is to discover Nigeria’s best science student.

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