American University of Nigeria (AUN) is set to offer 75 merit scholarships to already accepted candidates in the 2017 fall semester, in its tradition to attract the brightest students from throughout Nigeria and Africa.
The highly competitive computer-based examination for the scholarships will take place in 25 centers across the federation on August 5.
The Assistant VP of Recruitment and Marketing, Mr. Julius Ayuk Tabe, said the centers have been carefully selected to cover all the nationâ€™s six geopolitical zones, adding that two scholarship winners will emerge from each of the nationâ€™s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), and one nationwide.
â€œLast springâ€™s nationwide winner was 18-year-old Ms. Maryam Habila Usman, a former student of Air Force Girls Secondary School, Jos. Miss. Usman is from Borno State, she is in the Natural and Environmental Sciences programme.â€
He noted that since its establishment in 2003 by former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, AUN has been bringing together the best and brightest candidates from all over Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Niger, Chad, Sierra Leone, and other African countries, to study under one roof.
â€œThe university seeks to make its American-style liberal education possible for all qualified applicants, regardless of family income. Each year, AUN sets aside large funds for scholarships and other forms of financial aid to undergraduate students. Over the years, it has awarded about 1,000 different scholarships, including close to 300 covering full tuition, boarding, books, and meals. In the 2016/2017 session alone, AUN dedicated more than N102 million to its scholarship program, for both new and returning students, â€ Tabe stressed.
Scholarship students are often among the finest of AUNâ€™s graduates. The Universityâ€™s Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Ms. Onyinye Immaculata Onuigbo, whose 3.98 CGA (out of 4 points) was the highest in the universityâ€™s history, was a scholarship student. Identified by the Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Adua Foundation, Ms. Onuigbo, who hails from Enugu State, is the daughter of an electrician father and nurse mother. She completed her studies at AUN in its prestigious Petroleum Chemistry program.
The 2016 Valedictorian, Mr. Gregory Tanyi, also a scholarship student, is the son of an Engineering Professor and came to AUN from Cameroon. Tanyi studied Telecoms and Wireless Technology.
Candidates are referred to the Universityâ€™s website â€“ www.aun.edu.ng – for further details on how to apply.