A telecommunication network provider, MTN, has awarded scholarship to about 60 visually impaired students, 10 of which are students of the University of Jos, from the faculty of arts, education among others.

The ceremonial event which took place at scorpion officers mess in Abuja, and had many stakeholders, politicians, family members, relatives and other well-wishers who came to grace the occasion.

 Speaking at the event was a representative from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Mrs Patience Danjuma who traced the fact that the world is growing into a digital world like-wise the economy. Therefore, she called on the beneficiaries and the public to embrace the concepts of E-commerce, E-Learning, among others which are features of a digital economy.

Also speaking at the occasion, some of the alumi shared their experiences on how they have benefited from the MTN foundation scholarship scheme to achieve their academic pursuits and also

An old beneficiary of the MTN scholarship who was a one-time student of the University of Jos named Kenneth Ochiche also shared his experience on how he wanted to quit school due to financial issues before he was picked as one of the MTN scholarship candidates and since then, he used the scholarship as a means to secure a good and quality education for himself.

During the question and answer session, the MTN Foundation awardees were given the opportunity to ask the MTN scholarship aluminate to share their experiences on how they effectively managed funds received. Some of their responses were based on personal experience. An example of such response was that of a beneficiary student from the University of Science and Technology, Minna, who said: “I invested the first money in a business and today I can proudly say that I was able to manage the money.”

Another question was asked by one of the well-wishers of a beneficiary, “is the MTN scholarship based on merit?” A response was given to the question stating that the scholarship is strictly based on merit, students are meant to have a minimum of 2.5 CGPA for them to qualify for the scholarship. It was also stated that the aim of the scheme is to promote hard work, and dedication among Nigerian students.

Report by Isaac Darohop
Edited by JM (5/5)

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