US: Christian university offers direct admission, scholarships to Nigerians
The Catholic institution is a private research university with academic offerings from the undergraduate to postgraduate levels. Source: Shutterstock

In a bid to attract more Nigerian students, the University of Dayton, located in the US state Ohio, is offering a set of incentives for them to apply to the Christian institution.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, Dayton will exempt application fees, allow students to apply with just their West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) results as well as give partial merit scholarships to those with good grades.

Selma Toohey, the regional director for West Africa, said they are trying to remove all the hurdles for students in the country so that they could come to the University of Dayton, be successful and build a great future.

She added: “Undergraduates students with a distinction average will automatically qualify for a US$10, 000 academic scholarship per annum. Students who are seeking postgraduate admission with a 2:1 or first class will be awarded a US$5,000 academic scholarship”.

For those with good WAEC and National Examination Council results, Recruitment Director for Africa, EU and Russia Michael Lawson said scholarships up to US$20,000  are available for all four years of study for Nigerian students as well.

Close to 10,000 Nigerians study at American colleges and universities, data from Unesco show. It is the 4th most popular study destination for Nigerians, behind the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Ghana.

The scholarship announcements should come in handy to interested applicants from the country, whose currency has been depreciating against the greenback. Student newspaper The Daily Illini reported that University of Illinois students from Nigeria are struggling to pay their tuition fees and visa costs after the Naira plummeted in 2016.

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