Scholarships in Nigeria : Ten (10) must have documents before applying

Scholarships in Nigeria : Ten (10) must have documents before applying

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One of the best things that could happen to an undergraduate is winning a scholarship. Winning scholarships in Nigeria is not really hard. You just have to be informed.

Scholarships are known to give students financial freedom and help them concentrate more on their studies. In addition,  it contributes to your resume depicting our competitive you are.

You are not awarded a scholarship overnight,  there are step by step guides on how to win a scholarship. The most important factor in winning a scholarship is information. Yes,  you need information about when the particular scholarship you are interested in opens for an application so you could apply. Always visit for scholarship updates.

To apply for many of these scholarships, I have helped you compile a list of 10 must have documents before applying for the scholarship.

scholarship application in Nigeria
Scholarship Application

10 Must Have Documents Before Applying For Undergraduate Scholarships In Nigeria

  1. O level Result

The most important among the requirements for an undergraduate scholarship in Nigeria is O level result. Often, scholarship bodies require this document to verify if the candidate met the O level requirements for admission into the tertiary institution.

The requirement by these scholarship bodies is often five (5) credits with Mathematics and English inclusive. However, there are some scholarships that require the candidate to have a number of distinction or more than five(5 ) credits.

Students have asked me severally if scholarship bodies accept other O level results apart from WAEC and NECO. You don’t need to panic because your O level result is NABTEB, what matters most is that you have the minimum requirements.

2. JAMB Result

In addition to your O level result,  you will need to provide your JAMB result. This is because some scholarships have minimum marks that qualify the applicant. Often,  the JAMB cut-off mark to qualify for a scholarship is usually pegged at 180 of 400.

3. Certificate of LGA origin

Certificate of local government origin is required to ascertain the origin of the scholarship applicant. There are scholarships for students of specific regions,  so this document is needed to verify the claims of the applicants as indigene of this area.

Examples of such scholarships in Nigeria are Lagos State Government Scholarship,  Ekiti State Government Scholarship etc. All in all, this document proves that you are a citizen of Nigeria.



 4. Letter from Community Head

In addition to the LGA origin letter, you will need to provide a letter from your community head attesting to your good conduct.

The importance of this document is akin to the LGA origin letter. The scholarship body further uses this letter to confirm the origin of the applicants.

5. Transcript

Transcript for scholarships application in Nigeria
Transcript For Scholarship Application

For many, if not all of the scholarships you would apply for after your first year will require that you submit a transcript which is used to know if you are in good standing academically.

A transcript is simply your progress reports in school showing each semester’s Grade Point Average (GPA )and your Cumulative GPA. Many scholarships require that students have at least a CGPA equivalent to a second class upper division,  so they need the transcript to verify if the applicants truly have the required CGPA. However, there are schools who do not provide transcripts to students until graduation.

Don’t panic,  just politely meet your Head of Department to write a letter of introduction for you stating your CGPA.

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6. School ID Card

The importance of a student’s identity card in the scholarship process is to know the student’s institution name and course of study. There are certain scholarships targeted to particular institutions and course of study,  so the scholarship body wants to know if you are truly from the targeted institution or studying the targeted course. For instance, the Agbami scholarship is targeted at students studying Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and  Engineering. For students in their first year yet to get school ID card, you could make use of other means of identification such as student’s biodata page or course registration form.

7. Passport

Virtually all scholarships application require a passport photograph. The scholarship body perhaps wants to be sure it is not a robot that is applying. Lol. The common requirement is a recent white background passport photograph.

8. Birth Certificate

Make sure you have your birth certificate with you. Be sure the date of birth you submit while filling the application is in consonance with what you have in your certificate.

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 9. Admission Letter

This document is the easiest to get given that you are not in your first year. Admission letter could be in two variant: admission letter from JAMB and admission letter from your school.  It doesn’t matter which of the two you submit, but it is advisable you submit jamb’s admission letter.

10. Letter of Recommendation

Lastly, some scholarships may require you to submit a letter of recommendation from an eminent personality or even from your Head of Department.

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To be ready and ease stress when you want to apply for these scholarships, endeavor to scan all of the document and save it in your electronic mail.

With the aforementioned documents scanned and saved in your email, you will be ready for scholarships application that will come up any moment from now.

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