943 first class graduates scramble for 100 scholarships

Almost 1000 Nigerian First Class graduates are being considered for the the Presidential Special Scholarship for Innovation and Development. Unfortunatel, only 100 slots are available.

No fewer than 943 First Class graduates will be hoping to secure one of the 100 available slots in the third edition of the Presidential Special Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) scheme.

The 943 emerged after a screening of the over 2,000 First Class graduates from Federal, States and Private Universities who applied.

According to a National Universities Commission (NUC) bulletin for Monday December 15, all the students who scaled through the screening process sat for an examination last week.

A member of the Scholarship Scheme Implementation Committee, Professor Olurotimi Tayo, said only 100 candidates will be awarded the scholarships to pursue their Master’s degree programmes at the 25 top universities in the word.

He added that the PRESSID scheme was initiated to train ‘a critical mass of people who would be able to innovate and develop’ the nation's economy.

Student Pulse learnt that about 205 students have so far benefitted from the scheme since it began in 2012.

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