Some students of Greensprings School, Ibeju-Lekki, Campus have been awarded a scholarship worth $60,000 (approximately ₦21 million), for four years per finalist at Clarkson University, New York, United States.
The scholarship was awarded by the Conrad Foundation through the Conrad Challenge, a competition that was formed in 2008 in honour of the legacy of Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr.
As an annual competition, the Conrad Challenge brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions that benefit the world in the areas of aerospace and aviation, cyber-technology and security, energy and environment, health and nutrition, and smoke-free world.
The aim of the Conrad Foundation partnership with schools is to help develop talents and drive entrepreneurship in Africa. Several top-league secondary schools partake in the annual competition.
Greensprings School, Lekki presented three teams for the Conrad Challenge and two teams qualified for the final stage. At the grand finale of the challenge held recently at the Lekki Peninsula Hotel, a team from Greensprings School (the Five Ions) emerged the first runner-up out of 13 teams from schools all over Nigeria.
All the students in the team (the Five Ions) received scholarships worth over $60,000 for four years at Clarkson University, New York.
Reacting to the students’ feat, the Principal, Greensprings Secondary School, Mrs. Feyisara Ojugo said: “Our students’ participation in the Conrad Challenge has helped to strengthen their minds and also, the experience has assisted to further motivate and inspire the spirit of innovation in our students.
“Being able to see prototyping machines firsthand in operation and meeting innovation experts was a rare experience beyond the theories in classroom.”
Winning the scholarship is an exciting news for Greensprings School as it continues to redefine education in Africa by consistently molding students to become global citizens and leaders in various fields.