250 get $4m scholarship
The number of Nigerians studying in the United States (U.S.) has increased by 9.7 per cent, according to the U.S. Consul General in Lagos, John Bray.
Bray, who commended Nigerians for their quest for knowledge, disclosed that the U.S. Government offered $4 million worth of scholarships to 250 students within the Lagos Consulate District in various universities.
Speaking yesterday at the 2018 Pre-Departure Orientation for the Students, he disclosed that many of the graduate students with whom EducationUSA worked were admitted to fully funded doctoral programmes in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
He added that Six Opportunity Fund Programme grantees would be going for their fully-funded PhD programmes in STEM fields.”
Bray disclosed that the students would be joining more than one million international students in the U.S., stressing that 35,364 of the students were from Sub-Saharan Africa, while Nigeria tops the region and ranks 12th in the world as a sending country.
“I am very proud of EducationUSA Lagos for reaching approximately 25,000 students this year through various means at the centre, online, at fairs, among other information on studying in the U.S.
“There are currently 11,710 students from Nigeria studying in the U.S.; 49.5 per cent undergraduate, 36.2 per cent graduate students, two per cent non-degree candidates, and the remaining 12.3 per cent are on Optional Practical Training”.