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Three blind students, 10 others win UI scholarship


University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan (UI) yesterday awarded scholarship to 13 students for Masters degree and Doctoral degree programmes at the premier university.

The award categories included postgraduate school scholar awarded to one person while eight others were awarded the Teaching Assistantship scheme across the faculties in the university.

Also three students with special needs (visually impaired and physically challenged) were also awarded scholarship for Masters degree.

While presenting the award at the boardroom of the postgraduate school, the Dean, Prof. Jonathan Babalola, stated that the awardees were selected after passing rigorous screening including initial screening, proposal assessment and interview stages.

According to the Dean, the new set of awardees joined 31 students who are already enjoying the scholarship at the university, stating that the maximum number of years an awardee can enjoy the scheme is three academic sessions.

Babalola, who noted that the university was interested in ensuring that no financial impediments affect early completion of doctoral degrees and masters at the university said only those meriting the award would get it.

It was gathered that the 13 awardees were among the 68 who applied for the scholarship.

According to the Dean, “out of the 68 applicants, only 25 made it to the interview stage out of which their performances were used to select the best 13.”

The scholarship involves fee and development levy waivers and the payment of monthly stipend ranging between N25,000 for those on Masters degree and N45,000 for those on Doctoral degrees.

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