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Nigerian Education 1,372 students get MTN Foundation scholarships

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L-R; Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma, Head of Planning Unit, Lagos State office for Disability Affairs, Ms. Shola Olujonwo presenting the MTNF Scholarship Certificate to a Visually Impaired beneficiary, Mrs. Oluwalana Rachael and Director, MTNF, Mrs. Aishatu Sadauki during the presentation of MTNF scholarship for blind students in the South-Western axis at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos play

L-R; Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma, Head of Planning Unit, Lagos State office for Disability Affairs, Ms. Shola Olujonwo presenting the MTNF Scholarship Certificate to a Visually Impaired beneficiary, Mrs. Oluwalana Rachael and Director, MTNF, Mrs. Aishatu Sadauki during the presentation of MTNF scholarship for blind students in the South-Western axis at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos

(The Nation)

1,372 high-performing and visually-impaired students have received N200,000 worth scholarships from the MTN Foundation.

Telecom giant MTN has awarded 1,372 scholarships to high-performing and visually-impaired students through the MTN Foundation.

This was revealed by the Chairman of the foundation, Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, while presenting the fifth MTNF Science and Technology Scholarship awards held in Lagos.

Ahmadu, who was represented by a Director of the MTNF, Aishatu Sadauki, said 1, 205 of the beneficiaries were high-performing science and technology students while the remaining were 67 brilliant, visually-impaired students completed the total of 1372.

The Chairman noted that the scholarships show the foundation's commitment to supporting Nigeria's future leaders and celebrate academic excellence.

“Our impact goes beyond statistics and figures; to shaping Nigeria’s future through education; to making an investment in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders by providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams despite financial limitations,” he said.

“We are here to celebrate academic excellence of students who have worked extremely hard and who unquestionably deserve an opportunity to continue to pursue their dreams of higher education."

Ahmadu urged the beneficiaries to remain focused.

Each of the awardees will get N200,000 (two hundred thousand Naira to cover tuition, book allowances and living allowances for one academic year.

The scholarship is renewed every year until graduation, as long awardees maintained a minimum CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent (second class upper/upper credit).

One of the recipients, Simon Peter Erhue, a Metallurgical and Material Engineering student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), told Punch that the scholarship would help them attain their dreams.

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