U.S. Facilitates $28m Scholarship For Nigerian Students In 1 Year – Ambassador

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U.S. Facilitates $28m Scholarship For Nigerian Students In 1 Year – Ambassador

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, says her country has facilitated 28 million dollars scholarships for Nigerian students to study in U.S institutions in the past one year.

Leonard said this on Wednesday at the commemoration of the Student Visa Day organised by the U.S Mission in Abuja.

She said that the scholarship process was facilitated by the Education U.S.A programme of the embassy which was keen on enabling Nigerian students pursue their academics and a future in the U.S.

“We are proud to prioritize Nigeria’s scholars in our consular process, as we recognise the value their success holds for the country’s future.

“With over 13,700 students fulfilling their American education dreams, the United States welcomes more Nigerian students enrolled than ever before.

“Americans view university study as an investment in a professional future.

“And I’m pleased that our Education USA team has helped Nigerian students apply for and receive more than 28 million dollars in scholarships and other educational funding to pursue their future.

“We know from our over 8,000 education and exchange programme alumni in Nigeria, the tremendous community impact that results when these ambitious students return to apply their knowledge and skills.

“Here at the U.S. Embassy, we are proud of the diversity in American educational institutions.

“There are more than 8,000 Students and Exchange Visitor Programme-certified educational institutions in the United States,” Leonard said.

The envoy also noted that beyond studying in the U.S, the programme provides the opportunity for Nigerian students to meet with U.S citizens and other nationals which will help in strengthening bilateral ties.

She said that with more than one million students from 220 countries and territories, the United States hosts more international students than any other country in the world.

She revealed that Nigeria sent more students to the United States than any other country in Africa.

“Students at our universities exchange ideas not only with American students, but with students from across the globe.

“The educational enrichment that these types of discussions provide is priceless.

“As students, you will hear ideas and personal stories from your classmates and professors that will challenge your views.

“And also expand your understanding of the world; your ideas and stories will do the same for those around you.,” she said.

According to her, by studying together in the same schools, Nigerians, Americans, and students from all other nationalities will not only understand each other better, but also see how many common challenges we all face.

“Students can work together to creatively solve problems and build long-term professional collaborations, increasing our countries’ economic ties”, Leonard added.

She, therefore, congratulated the beneficiaries, who were present as she urged them to stay focused in their studies in other to make meaningful impact in the country when they return.

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