A total of ten winners have emerged in the maiden edition of the Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship over the weekend. The scholarship programme which gives the winners Fifty Thousand Naira each is spearheaded by Nigeria’s leading online examination preparatory platform, PASS.NG to support their education.
According to the Digital Media Lead at PASS.NG, Blessing Adenekan, the scholarship program was established to honour the memory of Samson Abioye, who was until his death at age 26 in 2017, the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of PASS.NG.
She added that the scholarship fund was raised from well-meaning individuals and it was targeted at 10 brilliant but financially disadvantaged undergraduates in Nigeria.
In the words of the Co-Founder And Operations Lead at PASS.NG, Imole Oluyemi, “Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship was birthed from the dual need to financially assist struggling students other than just providing educational services to them alone, and also to ensure that the name and legacy of Samson Abioye continues to linger in our hearts for centuries to come.”
EduCeleb.com recalls that the beneficiaries had participated in an essay competition in last quarter of 2017 on the topic entitled “What I Can Do As A Youth To Make A Difference In Nigerian Education System.”
The organisers said that of the 213 entries received, 10 undergraduates who cut across various higher institutions emerged winners and therefore qualified for the scholarship.
The winners are Aliu Farouq Umar and Ahika Ezekiel from University of Benin; Ezekiel Elekwa and Money Gift from University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and Omoya Simult from University of Ibadan.
Others are Odunlami Bukunmi from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta; Usoro Emmanuel from Akwaibom State University; Emmanuel Sunday and Josiah Akpan from University of Lagos; and Kazeem Saheed from Federal University Oye-Ekitti.
“Brilliance is evenly distributed across the world but opportunity is not. Here in Nigeria, that is even more the sad reality. 50,000 naira can make a difference in the life of a struggling undergraduate in any part of Nigeria, so at PASS.NG we decided to play our part and give the leverage needed no matter how small, ” Mr Oluyemi added.