121 indigent students of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, have been awarded scholarships by the Nura Manu foundation.
The foundation, which belongs to philanthropist and businessman in Bauchi State, Alhaji Nura Manu Soro, paid tuition fees for the less privileged in the state.
Alhaji Nura Manu Soro, who is chairman of the foundation, revealed this to newsmen on Monday while interacting with the beneficiaries who paid him a visit at his residence.
He explained that 116 out of the beneficiaries are degree students while the remaining five were supported to enroll into masters degree programs, adding that the foundation has also received 70 applications from students of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.
He promised that the gesture would not be restricted to only tertiary institutions in the state but would be extended to all needy indigents of the state studying in various schools across the country. Soro, who stated that the scholarship, being awarded by the foundation
is purely for tuition fees, noted that it is meant for students that secured admissions into tertiary institutions but cannot pay registration fees.
“Both applications, selections and verification will be carried out
through a local committee. At the tertiary level, it includes students, religious leaders and a representative from students’ affairs office. Applicants should write the names of their three referees who must be known people in their localities”.
“Further verification is to be carried out at the foundation secretariat.
The foundation is purely cashless and makes payments directly to schools’ accounts and not individuals”, He said.
He said forms have been distibuted to emirs, district heads, local government council secretariats and students’ affairs offices of schools across the state for the less privileged students.