EIGHT HELPFUL TIPS FOR GETTING A STUDY SCHOLARSHIP

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Winning a scholarship isn’t as hard as you might think, there are certain tips that can help you maximize the process and achieve your goal of winning a study scholarship. Here are 8 helpful tips for getting a study scholarship.

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1.Start Your Search As Soon As Possible

When trying to get a study scholarship, you need to start your search as soon as possible because if you wait till the last minute you will miss half the deadlines. There are many scholarship schemes out there for you to take advantage of, you just need to start your search as soon as possible, even before your final year if possible. Be sure to consider scholarships from private foundations and government bodies, in addition to those of the universities you intend to apply to. Even company scholarship schemes, should be considered as long as you’re eligible.

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2. Apply To Every Scholarship To Which You Are Eligible

This is one of the best strategies to ensure you win at least one scholarship. If you work hard and are able to win more than one, you will have options to choose from. In addition, some of these scholarships are in form of monetary grants, and if you are able to win enough of these scholarships, the money can add up into what can sustain you as a full scholarship.

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3. Ensure You Have a Professional Online Profile

This is more of a precautionary move, in case your online profile is considered during the screening of your application. Ensure you use a professional email address on your applications and clean up the content of your social media accounts, removing inappropriate and immature material.

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4. Be Weary Of Scholarship Scams

There is nothing like a ‘guaranteed scholarship’ and you don’t pay an application fee for a scholarship. Don’t be too eager or desperate when searching for scholarships, so you don’t fall into the trap of fraudsters. Ensure you confirm the credibility of whatever private foundation or government body you intend to apply to, before going forward with the application. This is because there are some fraudsters out there posing as ‘scholarship companies’ to take your money and disappear. You, therefore, have to be smart about your scholarship search.

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5. Keep A Good Record of All Documents

You shouldn’t be looking to get the necessary application documents together at the last minute, instead you should ensure that all documents that are likely to be required are ready or you at least have a way to easily get them ready when needed. You shouldn’t try to get needed documents together at the last minute to avoid making mistakes with your application and  missing important deadlines.

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6. Consider Scholarships With Smaller Awards

Scholarships with smaller awards are usually less competitive and easier to win, so you can consider applying for these. To maximize this option, you can apply for as many of such smaller scholarship awards that you’re eligible for, and work hard to win as many of them as you can. Eventually, the awards can add up to something significant enough to help you with most of your study goals, if not all.

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7. Make Sure Your Application is Good

Try to figure out what is expected of you on the application and be authentic with your delivery of this. Brush up your essay writing skills and refine them to excellence so this can help boost the strength of your application in the essay writing category. Basically, do your research well, and ensure you give all it takes to submit an outstanding application by all standards.

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8. Don’t Be Deterred By Failure

Yes, you might get a few negative responses on your scholarship applications but it’s not the end of the world. Don’t give up. Even if you don’t win a scholarship on entry into higher institution, you can still continue to apply for some available to you while you’re studying. Eventually, you will get one because like most things in life, the most successful scholarship winners are the ones that keep trying. Don’t let failure stop you, let it be a stepping stone to your success story.

 

For choosing to #BeTheBest, HOW Foundation rewards Two Outstanding Students with Brand new Laptops

There are many ways to encourage excellence in Intelligent students and since The HOW Foundation, a Non-Profit Organisation, with key focus on Malaria, Prostrate Cancer, Youth Leadership and Mentorship, believes education is a key to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, they chose to reward some students with gifts.

Sometime at the end of 2016, a call was made for students who had made excellent grades in their results, to send in their results so that they may receive a prize and on Tuesday, February 14th 2017, they did just that.

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Two brilliant students of St Gregory’s College, Ojeaga  Aidenomoehi and Gbegaje Danrome, were proud recipients of brand new laptops as a result of their excellence. They could barely contain their excitement and their parents were beaming with joy as well.
Apart from the parents and guardians of the two students, CEO of The HOW Foundation, Ms Antonia Ally presented the prizes with the support of motivational speaker, Mr Joshua Ajitena during the prize giving ceremony.
Ms Ally says “there is nothing like working hard towards a goal, whatever it is we want to give the children something to look forward to, motivation and reward go hand in hand, we motivate the children to be the best and we reward the best, we believe it’s the best way to keep kids encouraged”

The how Foundation is developing a strategic system where children with outstanding and consistent grades from public schools in Nigeria would be given an opportunity to apply for How foundation scholarships to top Nigerian and international Universities.

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Mr Joshua Ajitena, Ojeaga Aidenomoehi, Gbegaje Danrome and Ms Antonia Ally
For more information on the HOW Foundation, please contact them on Twitter : @howfoundationng | Instagram @howfoundationng | Facebook –  The HOW Foundation | Website – http://thehowfoundation.org/

Meet Jide Ayegbusi: Through edusko.com, he is working towards providing solution to Nigeria’s Education sector

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Edusko.com is nothing like the education sector has ever experienced. Edusko bridges the gap between good schools and parents, thereby making the right schools available accessible and affordable to students. Unlike school directories that you are probably used to, Edusko.com actively takes good schools right to the doorpost of parents and interested parents to the door posts of schools, with a most amazing ease and efficiency.

We met with the founder, Jide Ayegbusi. He took us through the journey of conception and growth of his Education Tech Startup.

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  • Give us a brief description of background (your family, education, childhood dreams etc.)

My name is Jide Ayegbusi. I’m the founder of Edusko.com. I’m from Ikare, Akoko North East local government area of Ondo State. I grew up from a humble home but my parents managed to give me education.In 2008, I graduated top 3 in my class with a CGPA of 4.05 to bag a BSc degree in Psychology (Adekunle Ajasin University). In 2009/2010, I participated in the mandatory one-year NYSC program in Bayelsa State where my published career book for secondary school students and other community development initiatives won me corps member of the year award.

Previously in my career, I’ve demonstrated remarkable abilities and achievements in Brand Management, Channel Management, Strategic Planning, Advertising and Project Management. I love writing; I have written well over a 100 articles featured in top media platforms such as Brandpower, BrandIQ, Lagos Television, Sportsday, goal.com, ideaslane.com, techpoint.com, vc4a.com, Brandish, College People etc.

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I’ve always loved quality education from my childhood even though my parents could barely afford it.My dogmatic ardour and fervour for quality and affordable education in Africa led my team to found Edusko.com.

Founded in mid-2015, Edusko.com is an edtechstartup that connects parents and students with good and affordable schools in Nigeria and beyond. I am currently inspiring a team of five in this organisation to connect thousands of Africans to over 20,000 good and affordable schools before 2019.

  • Considering that you became an entrepreneur, who had the greatest impact on you growing up?

My mother was such an incredible woman. She had an unflinching passion for entrepreneurship. I learnt from her zest for business and her gusto for success. Besides my parents, passionate entrepreneurs that I’ve read about and many that I came in contact with in person had in one time or the other had great impact on my becoming an entrepreneur.

  • What kind of jobs (if any) did you have before starting your business and what did you learn from them?

I sold insurance policies briefly for Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc before joining Mediaplus International, a leading integrated marketing communications company in Nigeria. Within two years of joining Mediaplus, I rose to become the Agency’s Brand Strategist. I left Mediaplus International to join Edumark Ltd, a leading education marketing outfit before pitching my tent with Vitafoam Nigeria Plc as sales manager. At Vitafoam, I successfully created channel opportunities and strategically positioned over 30 channel partners for financial growth, improved sales turnover and business expansion.

The sales and marketing skills I learned from these places have been very helpful.

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  • What motivates you and how do you get through the day?

I close from work every day eagerly looking forward to the following day. I’m extremely passionate about success and I try to make every day counts.

  • What is your favourite part of your business?

I love marketing and I’m finding it interesting using my marketing skills to promote Edusko.com. Great product or service without acceptance from the market would fail abysmally, same as great product or service without awareness in the market. So communicating our brand values and promise to our stakeholders such as parents, students and schools is my favourite part of the business.

  • Is there anyone you work with that inspires you and how?

Although I’m an intrinsically motivated person, I’ve been blessed with a lot of great people in the past and present who have greatly impacted my life and career. I have such great people like Mr. Alex Goma, MD of PZ Cussons Nigeria;Mrs. Biola Alabi, Former MD of MNET Africa; Mr.Patrick Okebie, Chairman of Atlantees Group; Dr. Ghalib Fahad of Grenville International School; Dr. Nun Aiyegbusi an amazing uncle of mine and many more. I’m also blessed with brilliant young sharps in Edusko team who have keyed into the vision so passionately and are willing to offer their best despite the not-so-fantastic pay.

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  • When did you start your business and what convinced you to take the leap?

Edusko was founded in June, 2015. The idea to found Edusko came in 2013 when I observed a huge gap in the process of finding good schools in Africa. I knew that success of a startup most especially in the education sector is dependent on the availability of quality data. So we used 2 years to self-gathered data that would be very useful for our business operations. We gathered this data to a reasonable level and founded Edusko even though I wasn’t too clear where the journey would lead us eventually. We had to break the ice knowing fully well that our business model shouldn’t be perfect to start the journey.

  • What challenges did you face and what mistakes did you make?

One of our early challenges was acceptance from the schools. The penetration was very low and the “top schools” were not willing to listen to us. Funding was also a major challenge. Edusko was bootstrapped with a very lean budget and this affected our scaling speed. One of the mistakes we made was to go to the media without any existing traction. We started approaching tech media for PR without any existing traction thereby exposing ourselves to possible competitions.

  • In what ways did you mature as a person during the process?

Our mistakes made us stronger and mature. We’ve learned a lot from these mistakes. We’ve also received a lot of constructive criticism from fellows who are genuinely interested in Edusko success. I’ve also learned that low funding brouhaha could be managed if one isn’t biting more than one can chew. In as much as we loved to scale Edusko as quickly as possible, we also realized the need to bootstrap it to a level where genuine investors would be interested in our model.

  • How were you able to grow your business?

The initial capital which was my personal savings helped in the early stage. We’ve been blessed with a highly motivated team and our individual skills are being used to grow the business. We are also fortunate to have started generating revenue six months after Edusko was launched. This fund is being reinvested to grow the business as well.

  • What principles/ factors helped you and your business succeed?

First, you must believe and have passion for what you’re doing as an entrepreneur otherwise, failure looms.

Second, you must not be in business for wrong reasons. At Edusko, we strongly believe that we are in business to bridge a huge gap we discovered in the African education sector. We are passionate about connecting parents with good and affordable schools in Africa and beyond with ease. This is what drives us and brings us joy not the revenue.

  • What are the words that keep you going in your business?

I love this statement and I’ve often shared it with my team: “Success is never by accident neither is failure”. In other words, success and failure are predictive. At Edusko, we strongly believe that we are on the path of success and this is what’s keeping us going despite myriads of challenges we face daily.

  • What is the next step for your business?

We are seeking funding to expand to other African countries. We also want to increase our capacity in Nigeria in terms of human capital, marketing and product development.

  • What is your vision for your country and for Africa as a whole?

I yearn for Africa where quality education would be available and affordable. For example, Nigerians spend N1.5trillion annually for foreign education. This is disheartening!

There are over 80,000 government approved schools in Nigeria; only a few of these schools offer quality education that can raise the kind of leaders we deserve. These few schools are unbelievably expensive and very few Nigerians can afford them. The middle class are between the deep blue sea and the devil; they can neither afford these schools nor allow their children to experience the below the ebb kind of education offered by the many poorly funded schools available in the country.

Another challenge faced by Nigerians is to identify good schools amidst over 80,000 jostling for their attention.

In our own little way, we’ve created a solution (edusko.com) that is already partnering with over a thousand schools in Nigeria and beyond. Fortunately, many of these schools are willing to provide affordable school fees to the middle class. At the moment, over 5,000 parentsvisit edusko.com on a weekly basis to search through over 3,000 good and affordable listed schools.

It is also our belief that in the future, the below average schools would up their games to have access to parents and students on edusko.com. Through this mean, we are ensuring quality education in Nigeria. The rate at which Nigerians travel abroad, spend millions of dollars for quality education would also reduce drastically and our GDP would improve.

Through edusko.com, the feature of many African youths look brighter; generation of quality, credible and responsible leaders would be created.

 

  • What advice do you have for people out there who want to start their own business?

Response:

Entrepreneurship for me is not just about starting a business and making money, it’s about problem solving. Opportunity for entrepreneurial success abounds where there many problems to be solved like we have in Africa. Think of a solution to one of these problems and you would become very successful.

 

Jide Ayegbusi

Founder, Edusko.com

Email: Jide.ayegbusi@edusko.com

Twitter: @jideayegbusi

Skype: jide.ayegbusi1

Edusko launches “Family and School Matters” animated series in Nigeria

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Edusko, leading Edtechstart-up that connects parents and students with good and affordable schools within and outside Africa, has launched a still animated series titled “Family and School Matters” to help Nigerian parents and educators understand parenting, child education, school issues and other related matters in a fun, illustrative and educative way.

According to Edusko founder Jide Ayegbusi, the start-up is committed to helping families and educators understand critical issues that hover around child rearing, child development, education, parent-teacher relationship, sex education, discipline, financial literacy and many more.

“We’ve discovered that a lot of parents don’t have the time to read thousand-word articles to learn better ways of parenting. We want to help these parents learn more using still animation that can convey the narrative in less than 30 seconds. We also want to help the schools learn and understand better what’s going on within their students’ families,” Ayegbusi said.

Speaking about the animated characters, he said,“We’ve chosen the characters that reflect the lives of many busy parents in the city. These parents are faced with the challenges of excelling in their careers while also trying to be the best parents to their lovely kids.

“Our characters comprise: Mr. Barwa Macaulay, a middle-aged father who is a senior manager at a leading bank and his beautiful wife Tiwa, a 35 year-old personal assistant to the CEO of a leading telecom company. Chuba and Sandra are their children – 8-year-old boy in grade 5 and 3 year-old girl attending home school respectively.”

Bukola Bello, Edusko content manager said, “Each season of the Family and School Matters shall last for 3 months. We would sponsor each weekly episode on social media and members of the public would have the opportunity to share their thoughts.”

Edusko was launched in 2015 to help parents and students find and apply to good schools amidst thousands jostling for their attention. In less than 2 years, over 3000 schools have been listed, over 500,000 parents have used the platform to find good schools and over 2000 students have been directly referred to the schools.

Schools ranging from crèches, nursery and primary, secondary, tertiary,special schools in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, Canada, United States and China are freely available for finders on edusko.com.

Key things prospective college students should know about Nigeria

Nigeria may not be considered a first world country, but the quality of education offered within the state is quite high and as such, students from outside the country visit for full-time study or exchange programs in the local colleges and universities.

College in Nigeria, like it is in any part of the world, can be an exciting adventure:moving away from home, meeting new people and finally getting a true taste of independence. There are however a few things these college students who intend to visit Nigeria for education should first know about the state.

Here are 5 important tips to help them make the most of their experience.

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The Nigerian culture is different from yours

The way of life in Nigeria will certainly be different from that which is the norm wherever you are coming from. Rather than shy away from the new Nigerian lifestyle, embrace it. College is the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone, try a lot of new things and meet all different kinds of people. Do not just hang with other international students, get involved in as many things as you can, make sure you meet both international and Nigerian students as that is the best way to experience, learn and adopt the Nigerian life.

Do not believe everything you see on the news

Just because you saw a recent article saying that Niger Delta militants are invading Lagos and it is the start of another civil war doesn’t make it true. In an age where everyone tweets his or her opinions, it is hard to discern the real news from a skewed fabrication. While it is important you stay current on the local news, be sure to ask yourself: What evidence did the reporter provide? Is that source named, authoritative, independent and credible? Sifting the news you get is a good way to ensure you never get a heart attack by some of the headlines that newspapers around the country carry.

There Are Opportunities for Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid

The general idea is that Nigeria is a poor country and so there are no opportunities for students, especially international students to gain any form of scholarship, grant or financial aid. This is not true. Some universities offer partial to full scholarships for international students. Also, there are many organizations and foundations that offer grants and financial aid, you just need to be able to research properly, ask your school’s admission office and show all requirements.

Grades are NOT everything

This may sound like Greek to you right now as your needed admission was based on grades, scores in the JAMB, WAEC or GSCE. You, however, need to realize that when you get into the Nigerian college, it is a different ball game. Key thing is to find a balance between fun and work, because after you graduate, your grades may not be entire all that qualifies you for a job and even more. When you look back at your years in college, you probably will not remember if you got an A or a C in ENG 101, but you will remember the awesome memories with your friends and colleagues as well as other experiences you garnered. Keep in mind that Grades, while important, are not everything.

Nigerian student graduates with 5.0 CGPA from Russian University

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A Nigerian student, Victor Olalusi,from the prestigious Russian National Research Medical University has emerged as the best graduating student with a grade point of 5.0 in the faculty of Clinical Sciences.

Victor, the genius as he is fondly called by his peers, previously had the best WAEC result in 2004, after which, he Emerged as JAMB best Science Student with an amazing score of 322. He was also Cowbell Prize award winner in 2006. His name was in the Medicine first merit list in OAU. He made the highest OAU post UME Score of 325.

He was equally given Federal Government Scholarship in Medicine and surgery in 2006.Victor’s University degree result is indeed a record no one can break, but can only equal.

TIME TO RE-VISIT EDUCATION FOR ALL IN NIGERIA

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I read with dismay the UNESCO Group Monitoring Report on achieving Education For All (EFA) goals and on education in Nigeria, about 10.5million Nigerian children out of school, making the country the number one in the world. Nigeria dominates 12 other countries accounting for 47% of the global out-of-school children. The UNESCO Report portends a social disaster that is imminent in Nigeria.
Just take a visit to some schools outside the capital cities of states; you will not only get sad and frustrated about the state of education in our country. Also, visit some institutions where the teachers of these children are being trained. You may then judge, firsthand, the government’s commitment to EFA goals.
We all know the impediments to access. We often reel out the causes: poverty (a major one), cultural and religious practices (early marriage, Almajiri), and more recently, violence (Boko Haram, MEND, Kidnapping) and so on. The relationship between these issues and education is glaring. While they affect access to education, the process and quality of education or the lack of it escalates each of the issues. The point being made here is that we can sufficiently address educational issues without addressing the underlying societal issues; they are so interwoven.
Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Prof. RuqqayatuRufai, opined at one forum that she was more committed to access to education than to the quality of learning. This “just get them to school”syndrome with no detailed attention to the teaching-learning processes can only give us the ratings we have got today: 10.5million Nigerian children out of school (17.2% of world statistics and 42% of Nigerian school age children). It takes beyond construction of classrooms and school toilets, building model schools in a few selected places, provision of school uniforms, free school lunch and free textbooks to keep children in school. It takes committed and empowered teachers whose capacities are continually developed and improved.

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It takes functional and relevant curriculum. It takes adaptive and constructive pedagogy. It takes learning with fun. It takes massive instructional resources. It takes stimulating and challenging learning environment. It takes constant connection between home and school. It takes connecting to the child’s reality. It takes continuous feedback mechanism. It takes regular refining and redefinition of standards.
The first step is to have a total picture and give painstaking attention to all the details surrounding learning and schooling. And it takes economically empowered parents. In a country where 71% of the population still lives on less than $1 (one cannot even accurately calculate the naira equivalent) per day. It means 71% of parents constantly think about where the next meal would come from. In Maslow’s Theory of Motivation, deficiency needs (Physiological, security, belongingness and esteem) often impede the desire for cognitive and growth needs (seeking knowledge or self-actualization).
In a country where we are constantly harassed about what to eat, how can parents be empowered (psychologically and mentally) enough to empower their children through education. Poverty will continue to breed illiteracy while the lack of education is a major pathway to continuing poverty.
The parallels between education and poverty often force me to have a rethink about government’s commitment to education. Is the government really sincere?
Let me give this scenario: What happens if we all are educated and functionally literate? We are less ignorant. We become more aware of our rights and responsibilities, including most especially civil and civic rights. We make informed choices at elections. We call for more accountability and transparency in governance. We have a voice in how we are governed. We ask critical questions if and when the need arises. We demand our rights if being denied. We expect and ask beyond the token of governance currently being dashed out to us. Do we have the crop of politicians who can cope with this scenario? Is our government indeed committed to empowering the citizenry?
2015 is only two years away. Despite the whole world’s efforts at eradicating illiteracy and eroding poverty to the barest minimum, Nigeria takes glory in breeding the next generation of illiterates. Where then is our plan for Vision 20:2020 (damn too close I’m afraid) when we are so blind that we could not see the fire razing down our future even before it is built? How can we achieve this “Vision” when we ranked so dismally in the pathways to achieving the inroad to it, say the MDGs by 2015?
While I tried to illuminate government’s roles, I recognize that the solution is a collective task. However, in my little corner, I try to redefine my roles. Are you defining yours? Are our governments (Federal, State, Local) ready? Let us all rethink and re-visit our options.

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