On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Embassy Abuja held a pre-departure orientation for 134 Nigerian students who have admissions and scholarships to various U.S. colleges and universities this fall.
The departing students have been accepted for undergraduate and graduate degree programs at top notch U.S. institutions, such as the University of California Berkeley, Amherst College, Tufts University, Bryn Mawr College, Vassar College, Smith College, University of Texas A&M, and New York University, among others.
These students got their admissions and scholarships through membership in the EducationUSA Advising Center in Abuja.
They have collectively received more than $3.5million in scholarships, including seven full MasterCard Foundation scholarships totaling $394,248.
The MasterCard Foundation scholarship recipients will be studying in the University of California Berkeley, Arizona State University, and Earth University in Costa Rica.
Talking to the departing students, U.S. Mission Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Maria Brewer told them that they will be joining a large community of Nigerian alumni who have studied in the United States. “These exchanges benefit both our nations. Nigerians are recognized for the quality and the diligence of their scholarship,” she said. She encouraged the students to continue this tradition of Nigerian excellence in the United States.
There are more than 7,900 Nigerian students studying at more than 730 colleges and universities in the United States.
The pre-departure orientation is part of EducationUSA’s larger service to Nigerian students, providing students the opportunity to get updated information on studying and living in the United States.
The EducationUSA Advising Center provides current information on study in the United States to interested undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate students and also runs a membership program that registers interested students who have the prerequisite academic and financial means to study in the United States.
Additionally, the center assists talented, economically disadvantaged, straight “A” students identify and apply to U.S. colleges and universities that will offer them admission with full scholarships through the Opportunity Funds Program and United States Achievers Program.