The Alex Otti Foundation (AOF) has called for applications from interested candidates for the Foundation’s Tertiary Education Scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic session.
The scholarship scheme was established as part of the Alex Otti Foundation’s programmes which seek to assist indigent students resident in Abia State with financial support to facilitate their educational pursuits.
The scholarship is to help very bright and hardworking students in all the local governments across Abia, who have been admitted into tertiary institutions across Nigeria, by paying their tuition from when they win the scholarship until they graduate – so long as they maintain a certain *Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)*.
The financial support aims to mitigate the financial challenges students face in the course of their studentship.
The scholarship is funded by Dr. Alex Otti (OFR), who himself finished with a First-Class degree in Economics, and emerged the university-wide best graduating student of his set at the University of Port Harcourt in 1988. His success and wealth of experience in Banking, Oil and Gas, Hospitality, Construction and Telecoms will serve as great motivation for the winners.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of strong personal academic background, leadership potential and a demonstrated desire to use the acquired knowledge to contribute to the development of both Abia State and Nigeria. Winners will be expected to, upon completion of their studies, apply their talents and knowledge in improving the lives of others. Over time, it is expected that the Alex Otti Scholarship beneficiaries will form a strong network of leaders who will individually and collectively contribute to the wellbeing of Abia State in particular, and Nigeria in general.
Successful candidates will be required to maintain a CGPA of at least 3.5 – for those studying in universities (or its equivalent, for those in other tertiary institutions) every academic session to continue to enjoy the scholarship till they graduate.
This year’s application is for the 2020/2021 academic session; and is open to indigent students resident in Abia State, who are currently enrolled in government-owned tertiary institutions.
*WHO CAN APPLY*
-> Students who are currently in 2nd-year (200 Level) in any government-owned tertiary institution in Nigeria.
-> Candidate must have had at least a CGPA of *3.5* – for universities (or its equivalent, for other tertiary institutions) in their first academic session (that is, First Year).
-> Candidates must submit statement of result for first academic session (that is, First Year) signed by the Department/Faculty’s Admin Officer (who rightfully is a representative of the registrar in the department or faculty) possibly during the final interview.
-> Candidates must present letter of recognition by their community/religious group leader or electricity utility bill of the last three months, to prove they currently reside in Abia State.
-> Candidates must submit a 900-word brief essay explaining: (a) why they deserve the scholarship, (b) their leadership qualities, and (c) how their education will benefit Abia State and Nigeria in the future.
-> Candidates must provide valid means of identification.
*WHO SHOULD NOT APPLY*
-> Siblings (that is children who share same parents) of current Alex Otti Foundation scholars are not eligible and will not be until their sibling’s current scholarship runs its full course.
Applications close by midnight, Wednesday, 20th January, 2021. Any application not FULLY completed by the closing date WILL NOT be processed.
METHOD OF APPLICATION*
Candidates are to apply online at http://alexottifoundation.org/
*FURTHER NOTES TO APPLICANTS*
1. The Scholarship is for those resident in Abia State. This means there is no difference between those who ancestrally hail from the state and those whose families migrated from elsewhere. So long as you live in the state, even if you are schooling elsewhere in Nigeria, you are eligible.
2. Indigent students are those whose families cannot honestly afford the cost of tertiary education. Those with the means to pay for tertiary education should consider staying away from this scholarship their own way of giving back to the society.
3. Only candidates who scale through the first screening will be contacted.