MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 360 young Nigerians

THE MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 360 university students at a virtual ceremony recently. The scholarships were awarded under the MTNF scholarship schemes made up of the MTNF Science  and  Technology Scholarship (STSS) and the Scholarship for the Blind Students (SBSS).

Speaking at the ceremony, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi, said: “We are here with the MTN Foundation to celebrate scholars that have excelled in school. MTN is also supporting people with disabilities by funding their education and this is very commendable.

“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is constantly working towards elevating skills over degrees. We are also committed to ensuring that individuals are empowered with the right tools and skills.”

Each of the newly awarded scholars will enjoy a scholarship grant worth N200,000 annually till graduation as long as they maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent. The scholarship covers tuition, book allowance and stipend.

Till date, MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 3,829 students valued at over NGN 2.1Billion.

Also speaking at the event,  the Minister of Science  and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who was represented by Dr. Francis Chizea, said: “I am glad that MTN, in giving back to the society through its foundation, set up a scholarship scheme to empower the youths and as well, drive science and technology. This is a welcome development and a commendable effort that other organizations need to emulate.”

Leading to the ceremony, this year’s graduating students from the scholarship programme were hosted to a career incubation boot camp facilitated by experts from Google, Oracle, Cisco and Jobberman.

Facilitators shared insights on various opportunities amongst other vital employability tips.