The Jim Ovia Foundation is offering up to 100 scholarships for Nigerian students to pursue undergraduate and graduate programme in Nigeria for the year 2017.

Brief Description: The Jim Ovia Scholars Program was founded since 1998. It is fully funded by Mr. Jim Ovia to provide financial aid to outstanding Nigeria youths. The scholarship was previously known as the MUSTE scholarship. Eligble awardees are supported for their undergraduate and graduate study for the duration of their program and includes tuition and maintenance allowances. The scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities each year for new applicants while renewing applicants are supported annually, conditional on meeting all eligible requirements of the scholarship. Since October 2010, Mr. Ovia has invested over 100 Million Naira in the program to support 1500 beneficiaries and counting.

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these scholarships:

The scholarship is open to all potential students of Nigerian citizenship. One hundred (100) awardees are selected each year from a pool of eligible applicants. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of personal intellectual ability, leadership capability and a desire to contribute to society at large to improve the lives of others.

Study Program:Scholarships are available for pursuing Undergraduate and Graduate programme.

Study Major: It is expected that the Jim Ovia Scholarship beneficiaries will become leaders in helping to address challenges related to health, technology, and finance, all areas in which the foundation is deeply engaged.

Scholarship Award: Beneficiaries of the Jim Ovia scholarship receive an annual award of 150,000 Nigerian Naira, renewable for up to the entire duration of the beneficiary’s educational tenure. Take note that awards are not automatically renewed annually. Students who have previously been awarded the Jim Ovia Scholarship must fill out a renewal application online to re-apply. Incomplete or non-submission of the required documentation, unverifiable or forged documents will automatically disqualify you for the scholarship.

National/International Students: Nigerian students are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online. The following documents are required to submit a full application for a New or Renewal Scholarship Award. Please note that all scanned copies must be of the original document, photocopied scans will not be accepted.

New Applicant’s documentation:
a) Completed online application
b)  Valid Government ID (e.g. International passport, Voter’s Card, National ID or Driver’s License)
Please note that a certificate of origin or birth certificate will not be accepted as a valid form of ID. The only exception will be for minors below the age of 18 years who are unable to apply for a government ID. In which case, a birth certificate will be accepted in lieu of a government ID for such minors.
c) An official original letter (not photocopied) letter from your school/Head of Department stating the following:

  • Your full name
  • Course Title
  • Department of Study
  • CGPA
  • Gender
  • Matriculation number
    or
  • Newly matriculated who have not yet received a matriculation number or school ID must provide a provisional admission letter to their institution of study.

d) Original Secondary School Certificate (WAEC or NECO)
e) Original JAMB certificate
f)  A valid student ID for your host institution (University/College)
g) A passport photograph
Renewing Applicant’s documentation:
a)   Completed online application
b)   Valid Government ID (e.g. International passport, Voter’s Card, National ID or Driver’s License)

Please note that a certificate of origin or birth certificate will not be accepted as a valid form of ID. The only exception will be for minors below the age of 18 years who are unable to apply for a government ID. In which case, a birth certificate will be accepted in lieu of a government ID for such minors.

c)  An official original letter (not photocopied) letter from your school/Head of Department stating the following:

  • Your full name
  • Course Title
  • Department of Study
  • CGPA
  • Gender
  • Matriculation number

d)   A valid student ID for your host institution (University/College)
e)A passport photograph

Application Form 

Application Deadline: The deadline for the current application cycle is September 15 to November 15 every year.

For more details visit the official site