Nineteen Nigerian students have received scholarships worth $2.17 million to attend American Universities for the 2020/2021 academic session.
In a statement from the US Embassy in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo, the United States Consul General was quoted as saying:
“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased that our two major Education USA centers in Lagos and Abuja help brilliant, deserving and high achieving students defray the cost of applying to study in the U.S. You have successfully navigated the daunting U.S. college and university admissions process and we are so excited for your future.
“During your time in the United States, please take full advantage of every opportunity you have not only to learn but to expand your horizon. You have excelled in Nigeria and I have no doubt that you will continue on that path of academic excellence in the United States.
The 19 departing students — two undergraduates and 17 graduate students — will be studying a variety of majors including Infectious Diseases, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Climate Change and Climate Variability, Geology, and Political Science. Their impressive list of acceptances includes University of Massachusetts Boston, Purdue University, Duke University, Northwestern University, among others.
According to reports, it was made possible through the Opportunity Funds Program of the United States Consulate General in Lagos, with support from Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited.