Kaduna State scholarship and loans board has awarded foreign scholarship to 29 First Class degree holders under the Merit-based Foreign Scholarship scheme.
Among them are two female candidates who came tops in the scholarship examination. A statement signed by the executive secretary of the Board, Malam Hassan Rilwan, revealed that Amina Sani Bello and Halima Alhafiz Aliyu came first and second respectively.
According to Malam Hassan, ‘’41 applicants comprising of 29 first class degree holders, six Master’s Degree holders with distinction, five second class (upper division) degree holders with CGPA of 4.0 and
above, and one undergraduate student, made the list of the Merit Based Foreign Scholarship”.
The statement said that out of the 138 that applied for the scholarship, ‘’96 applicants passed the Use of English and Plagiarism cut-off mark of 50 and less than 25 respectively.
‘’Each of the 96 applicants was officially contacted and requested to upload a personal statement and three minutes video clip,’’ Hassan said, adding that 54 applicants passed the evaluation.
The executive secretary said that the management and staff of the board were not part of the final scoring and selection process, after short listing the candidates as part of the board’s transparency and open governance policy. “Consequently, the management set up a team of individuals who have the experience, track record of diligence and objectivity devoid of sentiments to form a selection committee.”