U.S. offers over 140 talented Nigerians scholarships worth over $6Million

Deputy Chief of Mission, Counselor for Public Affairs, United States Embassy, Mr. Aruna Amirthanayagam (middle) and young Nigerians offered admissions and scholarships to attend American colleges and universities during EducationUSA’s Pre-Departure Orientation in Abuja… yesterday PHOTO: NAN

The United States (US) Government is offering 140 talented Nigerian students have received over $6 million in scholarships in colleges and universities across the country.

The Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Mr. Aruna Amirthanayagam, stated this yesterday at a pre-departure orientation to send off 140 young men and women, members of EducationUSA, who are beneficiaries of the scholarships.

Amirthanayagam said the initiative was introduced to remove the financial barrier faced by some talented Nigerian students studying in the US.

He said: “Our advising centres in Abuja and Lagos assist high achieving, low income students to apply to US colleges and universities that will offer admission with full scholarships,” adding that over 10,600 Nigerians study at over 980 colleges and universities in the US.

“This is a 12 per cent increase over the previous year and contributed to a two per cent increase for all of Africa,” he noted.

The envoy congratulated the students and urged them to take their studies seriously.

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