The Enugu State Government has approved the award of N30 million scholarship to 300 students for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The State Commissioner for Information, Dr Godwin Udeuhele, told newsmen on Friday in Enugu that the beneficiaries were drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state.
Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, held on Thursday, Udeuhele said the gesture was to relieve parents of the financial burden of training their wards.
According to him, the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme are second year students in institutions of higher learning in the country.
He explained that the scheme covered students studying Science and Technology, Medical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Agricultural Sciences and Special Education courses.
He said that following an advertisement by the Enugu State Scholarship Board, 2,704 candidates were shortlisted for a written interview.
After the written interview, 300 successful candidates were chosen, he said.
Udeuhele said that each of the beneficiaries would receive N100,000 for the academic session.
Also speaking, Prof. Uche Eze, the Commissioner for Education remarked that the scholarship was in line with the vision of the state governor of encouraging youth to acquire education.
He said physically challenged students were given special consideration in the selection process, irrespective of their zones.
In selecting the beneficiaries, candidates were tested in English Language, Mathematics and current affairs with a cut-off mark of 40 points.
All those with one form of disability or the other that took the test were selected, he said.
Eze said that to make the selection process all encompassing, each zone was allowed to determine its distinct cut-off mark.
By Agency Reporter
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