US Embassy Nigeria offers Admission and Financing Opportunity in US Colleges

The United States EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program

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EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program, OFP pays the cost of the application process which includes registration fees for required standardized examinations and gives you free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center.

APPLICATION OPENS APRIL 15, 2019 AND CLOSES MAY 31, 2019

Nigeria is filled with so many low-income but talented and determined individuals who only require financial resources and access to information to better their educational future. For 11 years now, the United States Embassy in Nigeria is seeking to identify Nigerians who are academically qualified and highly motivated but of low-income hence can’t afford on their own, to join the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).

The Mission of OFP is to assist talented and determined, low-income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from colleges and universities in the United States but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.

OFP works very closely with the students through meetings and seminars organized regularly to assist them throughout the application process in order to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. OFP caters for the cost of the application process, including registration fees for required examinations like SAT, GRE, TOEFL and provides free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center for its participants.

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Applicants are welcome from all over Nigeria. However, students must be able to reach the EducationUSA offices in Abuja or Lagos on a monthly basis during the program for full participation. Participants will work with the EducationUSA Advisors from June 2019 – August 2020 who will try to help them secure places and financial assistance to begin study in the U.S. in August 2020.

NOTE: ENTRANCE INTO THIS PROGRAM IS NO GUARANTEE OF A SCHOLARSHIP OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDY IN THE U.S.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The selection of finalists for the Opportunity Funds Program, OFP is highly competitive, given limited funding. Most applicants to qualify are those with:

  • Strong academic record/ transcript
  • Robust participation in extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in leadership roles
  • Excellent community service participation
  • Financial Need

NOTE:  Undergraduate Applicants– If your WAEC results are not available; you must be currently in SS3. If WAEC results are available, they must be from May/June WAEC.

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If you have already started University education here in Nigeria, you are NOT eligible to apply.

Requirements

  • Complete Application Form
  • Academic Results:
    Undergraduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your WAEC “O” Level results (from WAEC website).  Include Cambridge A’Level or IGSCE results if applicable or available.
    Graduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your Final year results and degree results (if available) First Class only (STEM majors preferred).
  • Letters of recommendation:
    Undergraduate ApplicantsRequest a teacher or your school principal to complete a letter of recommendation form, attesting to your character, talent and skills.  Please do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.
    Graduate Applicants: Provide the details of a lecturer, professor, or Head of Department (HOD) that we can contact to find out more about you.
  • Transcript:
    Undergraduate Applicants: Send a scanned copy of your transcript from JS1 to SS3 including your mock and first term results, if possible.
    Graduate Applicants– Send a scanned copy of your transcripts that show a GPA of 4.5 or above on a 5.0 scale. 
  • Essays:
    Write two essays, one from Group A and one from Group B, each of about 250– 300 words. The essay topics will be on the application form you receive. (Essay topics will be found on the form)
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HOW TO APPLY

For inquiries send an email to AbujaEducationusa@state.gov or LagoseducationUSA@state.gov

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