Educational expenses can be a herculean task for many Nigerian students. In lieu of this, MTN Foundation, the CSR arm of MTN Nigeria’s top ICT Company is supporting Nigerian students to have access to quality education without worries about tuition and other associated expenses. The corporate social investment body, throughout October 2019, awarded scholarships to over 400 students in public tertiary institutions through its scholarship scheme. The scheme is available to two categories of students; those studying science and technology-related courses and for visually impaired students.
During the award ceremonies held in Lagos, Abuja, and Owerri, the Foundation also inducted awardees of the scholarship program into the Alumni association of MTNF scholarships. Presenting scholarships to awardees from the Eastern region, the director MTN Foundation Mr. Dennis Okoro said, “The goal of MTN Foundation is to support at least one-third of students in Nigerian tertiary institutions. We are investing in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders and providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams despite financial limitations”.
Since the inception of the scholarship scheme, over 2,000 students have been awarded from various tertiary institutions across Nigeria. A total of 9,000 students applied for this year’s MTN Foundation science and technology scholarship scheme. After the first round of screening, 1,500 students were shortlisted for the second phase while 500 students qualified for the scholarship. The scheme is merit-based and will be available throughout the students’ course duration as long as they maintain a CGPA 3.5 and above.
MTN Foundation was launched in 2005 with the aim of improving the quality of life in communities across Nigeria. For more than a decade, it has impacted lives positively through social investment programmes in education, health, and economic empowerment.