Screening For 943 First Class Graduates For the 2014 Presidential Scholarship Award (PRESSID)
As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently developing a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development. This is being achieved through the sponsorship ... Continue Reading
As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently developing a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development. This is being achieved through the sponsorship of outstanding students for postgraduate studies in the top 25 universities in the world.
To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID).The Scheme, which sponsors graduates that have obtained First Class Honours degrees from any recognized and approved university, was established in January 2012 and has awarded a total of two hundred and five (205) scholarships under two editions (the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions).
About 943 first class graduates from different Nigerian universities sat for the 2014 Presidential Special Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) aptitude test which will be awarded to only 100 candidates.
The scholarship scheme was initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan three years ago, and is being coordinated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Prof. Olurotimi Tayo, a member of the PRESSID implementation committee, who supervised the conduct of the examination, disclosed that 943 first class graduates, who were screened from over 2000 who applied for the aptitude test, participated yesterday.
He however added that only 100 candidates who excel in the examination would benefit from the special scholarship scheme, which would take them to 25 best universities across the world for masters degree programme.
The Federal Government has so far, awarded the special scholarship to about 205 students for 2012/2013 and 2014/2015 sessions based on merit.
According to the coordinator of the examination, Dr Joshua Attah, the examination took place concurrently in London and some hours later in Washington DC, United States of America (USA).
Courtesy: Nigerian Scholars
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