The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) yesterday awarded scholarships to 13 students including three visually impaired and physically challenged persons. The scholarships were for Master and Doctoral degree programs at the Premier University. The award categories included Postgraduate school scholar awarded to one person while eight persons were awarded the Teaching Assistantship scheme across the faculties in the University.
The three students with Special Needs (visually impaired and physically challenged) were awarded scholarship for Master degree. While presenting the award at the board room of the postgraduate school, the Dean, Professor Jonathan Babalola stated that the awardees were selected after passing rigorous screening including initial screening, proposal assessment and interview stages. According to him, the new set of awardees joined 31 students who are already enjoying the scholarship at the university.
He stated that the maximum number of years an awardee can enjoy the scheme was three academic sessions. Babalola who noted that the university was interested in ensuring that no financial impediments affect early completion of Doctoral degrees and Masters at the University said only those meriting the award would get it. It was gathered that the 13 awardees were among the 68 who applied for the scholarship.
Out of the 68 applicants it was learnt that only 25 made it to the interview stage out of which their performances were used to select the best 13.The scholarship involves fee and development levy waivers and the payment of monthly stipend ranging between N25,000 for those on Master degree and N45,000 for those on Doctoral degrees.
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