303 Nigerians to benefit scholarships worth $7.5m from U.S Universities

No less than 303 Nigerian students from 17 states across Southern Nigeria have benefited from full or partial scholarships worth $7.5 million from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session.

Acting United States Consul General, Osman Tat, disclosed this at EducationUSA pre-departure orientation organized in Lagos on Tuesday for students who have received offers of admission and scholarships to attend U.S. colleges and universities.

Tat congratulated the students on their feat, and further urged them to make use of the opportunity to gain knowledge that will aid Nigeria’s development.

In her words, “I congratulate each one of you on your tremendous success.

This is a very important step in your life. I encourage you to make the most out of your time in the United States to acquire the requisite skills and knowledge needed to support Nigeria’s development,” he told the group of US-bound students.

She observed that that the list of acceptances for Nigerian students for the upcoming academic year has been quite impressive, cutting across many of the 50 U.S. states, including top notch universities in the U.S.

The pre-departure orientation is intended to assist students to prepare for their move from Nigeria to attend a college or university in the United States. The event included interactive sessions on topics such as travel planning, adjusting to life in America, safety on campus, and F-1 visa rules for international students.

Annually, through the Opportunity Fund Program, the U.S. Consulate’s EducationUSA Advising Centre assists talented low-income students who are good candidates for admission to U.S. colleges and universities, by funding their application process.

According to the latest Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education, Nigeria is the 13th highest sending country of international students to the U.S., with about 12, 693 Nigerians currently studying in the United States.



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