“I consider myself lucky.” Those were the words of Auwalu Muhammed. The 23-year-old, who emerged the overall winner of AUN’s computer-based scholarship test held on August 5, told us that, “…winning the scholarship is a great opportunity to attend an excellent university. No doubt AUN is a prestigious institution.”
The graduate of Inuwa Dahiru Memorial Secondary School in Bauchi, applied last year to study medicine at a Federal University. Now he will concentrate on bio-medical sciences under the Natural and Environmental Science program at AUN.
For coming tops in the scholarship test organized in 25 centers across the country, Mr. Muhammed, who took the test in Bauchi State, has AUN’s full scholarship, an offer that includes tuition, room, and board, and technology services fee for the 2017/18 session. Thirty-seven other winners, one each from the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja, will receive a full-tuition scholarship for the Fall 2017 semester. Another 37 candidates, one from each of the states and Abuja, have been offered a 50-percent tuition scholarship for the Fall semester, which opened for classes on August 22.
President Dekle congratulated all the scholarship winners and welcomed them and their parents to the University community.
“We are delighted to welcome our latest class of students into our learning community, and they are already creating a buzz on campus with our returning students. All of our students are future leaders and entrepreneurs, set to transform the economy and create jobs. AUN is here to support them and teach them the skills to become lifelong learners.
“Our students are not just consumers of knowledge on our campus, they are active producers of knowledge, whether it is a member of a research team led by one of our world-class faculty members or serving on a start-up team for a new business through our incubator center – we all roll up our sleeves and participate alongside each other.”
Assistant Vice President of Recruitment, and Marketing, Julius AyukTabe, described the scholarships as “generous.” He said the scholarships, which target students from across Nigeria, are part of the tradition of attracting the brightest students across the country, Africa, and the world to the University.
“Each year, our university sets aside a large fund for scholarships and other forms of financial aid for undergraduate students. The merit scholarships were increased from 67 last year to 75.”
The highly competitive selection test for the scholarships, which covered the nation’s geopolitical zones, drew over 300 students to the 25 examination centers. The official list of winners is available on www.aun.edu.ng.
Since AUN was founded, more than 1,000 have won merit-based scholarships. AUN seeks to make its rigorous American-style liberal education possible for all qualified applicants, regardless of family income.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa