170 students bag PTDF overseas scholarship

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ABUJA – The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) on Monday said 170 candidates had been selected for its overseas scholarship sheme for 2014/2015 academic session.

This is contained a statement by Mr Kalu Otisi, Head, Media and External Relations of the fund, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

It said the scholarship award was for Master of Science degree studies oil and gas-related courses in top ranked universities abroad.

It explained that the award was the outcome of an aptitude test it conducted December 2013 as part of the process for the selection of beneficiaries of the award.

“The successful candidates are made up of four best performing candidates the aptitude examinations from each of the 36 states and from the Federal Capital Territory.


“Others selected for the award include additional candidates from each of the nine oil endowed states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo, Rivers and Bayelsa.

“Six female candidates the highest scores each of the six geo-political zones also received scholarship awards on gender consideration,” it stated.

The fund said that although the aptitude examination was written by candidates who applied for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 scholarship programmes, there was no discrimination on the basis of year of considering those selected for the award.

It explained that the candidates were assessed on performances and based on their states “to reflect the Federal Character principle”.

“The induction of successful candidates for the scholarship award is scheduled for the 11th to 15th of August 2014,” it stated (NAN)