Morethan 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have receivedno less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 Americanuniversities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020academic session.
Acting United States Consul General Osman Tat disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during the 2019 Education USA pre-departure orientation for students who have received offers of admission and scholarships to attend U.S. colleges and universities this fall.
Notingthat the U.S. remains a top destination for international students, ActingConsul General Tat explained that the list of acceptances for Nigerian studentsfor the upcoming academic year has been quite impressive, cutting across manyof the 50 U.S. states.
“Icongratulate each one of you on your tremendous success. This is a veryimportant step in your life. I encourage you to make the most out of your timein the United States to acquire the requisite skills and knowledge needed tosupport Nigeria’s development,” Tat told the group of U.S.-bound students.
The students have been accepted for undergraduate and graduate degree programs at top-notch U.S. institutions ranging from Ivy League universities, liberal arts colleges, women’s colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to community colleges.
Theyinclude Stanford University, The George Washington University, Johns HopkinsUniversity, Purdue University, Tufts University, Boston University, EmoryUniversity, and Howard University, among many others.
Thepre-departure orientation is intended to assist students to prepare for theirmove from Nigeria to attend a college or university in the United States. The event included interactive sessions ontopics such as travel planning, adjusting to life in America, safety on campus,and F-1 visa rules for international students.
Participantsalso had the opportunity to meet with students currently studying in the UnitedStates who offered tips on how to prepare for the U.S. academic, social, andcultural environment.
Amongthe departing students are 13 EducationUSA Opportunity Fund grantees —10undergraduate and three graduate students, with full scholarships — whoreceived financial aid to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.
Annually,through the Opportunity Fund Program, the U.S. Consulate’s EducationUSAAdvising Centre assists talented low-income students who are good candidatesfor admission to U.S. colleges and universities, by funding their applicationprocess.
Accordingto the latest Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute ofInternational Education, Nigeria is the 13th highest sending country ofinternational students to the U.S., with about 12, 693 Nigerians currentlystudying in the United States.
EducationUSAis a U.S. Department of State network of over 425 internationalstudent-advising centers in more than 175 countries that promotes U.S. highereducation to students around the world. It offers accurate, comprehensive, andcurrent information about opportunities to study at one of the over 4,700accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.