15 get college’s scholarship for exemplary performance
The founder of Adams College, Lagos, Mr. Adam Adebola, has offered scholarships to 15 of its students that scored above 300 in the recently held Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Adebola who said the action was aimed at encouraging academic excellence, noted that at a time when Nigerians seemed to have endorsed the culture of worshipping material wealth above academic excellence, it is important to reclaim the nation’s waning glory in education.
“I finished from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) with First Class in Electrical Electronics Engineering and despite plum job offers, decided to establish the college in 1994 because that was what the spirit directed me to do. We chose to roll out the drums for these students this year for the first time because we feel that our society has derailed. We worship material wealth in place of integrity.
“We prepared more than 2,000 candidates for this year’s UTME and only 15 scored above 300. This is to encourage others to aspire to do same. We will support their higher education,” he said.
The event was a reunion for some of the ex-students of the college who have also graduated from various institutions with First Class grades, while parents of the UTME candidates accompanied them to the event.
He however, commended the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede for new innovations at checking malpractices, urging him to address bottlenecks that might hamper future exams.
One of the candidates, Patrick Delight who scored 339 in the examination, lauded the college for the guidance he received during his nine-month intensive coaching.