The United States government says it has helped 140 Nigerian students gain scholarships to attend American colleges and universities.
The U.S. acting deputy chief of mission, Aruna Amirthanayagam, said this on Friday at a press briefing on pre-departure orientation for the latest beneficiaries of the Education USA programme.
He said the programme provides clear and authoritative information on USA undergraduate, graduate and post graduate academic programmes.
“Our advising centres both in Lagos and Abuja assist high achieving, low income students to apply to US colleges that will offer admission with full scholarships,” he said.
Mr. Amirthanayagam said the programme removes the financial barrier to study in the U.S. for some of Nigeria’s most talented students.
“Seventeen students out of 140 are beneficiary of Opportunity Funds programme while some are partially funded”.
“Nigeria continues to be the undisputed leader in Africa sending more international students to the United States than any other continent, ranking 14 among countries worldwide,” he stated
The advisor of EducationUSA, Malate Atagiri, said the the scholarship programme has the objective to build the next generation of leaders in Nigeria.
She said 11,000 students are staying in US and “most of them are on financial aid” .
“The total funds spent on scholarship is $57,437 and the total scholarship received is $1,543,500,” she disclosed.
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