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The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has secured fully-funded scholarships for another 28 post-graduate students who are indigenes of the State to study in Europe and America.
The Eastern Updates reports that the scholarship was made possible through the State Scholarship Board.
Addressing newsmen when he led some of the beneficiaries to the Government House, Enugu, on Friday, to thank Gov. Ugwuanyi for the rare opportunity, the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Scholarship Board, Barr. Levi Abonyi, disclosed that the scholarship mentorship programme was designed and developed by the Board to expose Enugu students to available funding opportunities around the world, in line with Gov. Ugwuanyi administration’s youth empowerment scheme.
Barr. Abonyi revealed that the scholarship programme was approved by the State Executive Council (EXCO), adding that the programme has produced 46 fully-funded Masters and PhD students from the state.
It would be recalled that the first batch of the programme launched in October 2020 had 18 Enugu State indigenes as beneficiaries.
The Executive Secretary explained that the scheme prepares fresh graduates to enroll directly into PhD programmes without first obtaining a Masters Degree.
He added that the Gov. Ugwuanyi administration’s ‘goal is to produce a generation of intellectuals who will be better equipped to turn the state around economically and who will be better disposed to compete favourably globally’.
Dwelling further on the state government’s contributions to the programme, Barr. Abonyi said that it ‘pays the 6 scholarship mentors monthly allowances as honorarium for their services, takes care of the cost of Visa, flight tickets, initial living expenses and other logistics of all successful students at the cost of One million naira (N1,000,000.00), and comes in as a guarantor for the issuance of Visas to the benefiting students’.
Expressing gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi on behalf of the beneficiaries, Lilian Chinenye Ekowo, who will be travelling to the University of Notre Dem, United States of America, thanked the governor for availing them the opportunity to benefit from the scholarship board, disclosing that ‘Today, each one of us was awarded the scholarship of One million naira travelling expenses’.
Another beneficiary, Mathias Chukwudi Isiani, appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for his benevolence and commitment to youth empowerment and education.
He advised other young people to develop interest in the programme to improve on their academic careers.