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RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA GOVERNOR�S SPECIAL OVERSEAS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME - 2013/2014
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APPLICATION INQUIRIES
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Question: I had a higher score than someone else who was selected and I was not selected, why?
Answer: This is possible if both of you are not from the same LGA. The cut- off mark differs; it may have been higher in yours than his/hers. If both of you are from the same LGA and you chose different courses, it may have been that the course chosen was more competitive than his/hers.
Question: Only three persons were chosen from my Local Government Area (LGA) while another LGA had up to 5 persons, why?
Answer: All LGAs had equal chances of 3 each. However, there were 2 chances given to absolute merit irrespective of LGA. Any LGA with more than three chances got the extra through the absolute merit list.
Question: How were the beneficiaries selected?
Answer: After the selection test, the highest 20 scores overall were selected. Thereafter the highest 10 scores from each LGA were also selected. These 250 persons sat for the alternative to practical test and oral interview. Their scores in all three tests were weighted and ranked. The highest scoring 2 were selected in to the merit list. Thereafter the highest 3 for each LGA, 1 for each skill were selected.
Question: Are there guaranteed jobs for the successful candidates after graduation?
Answer: Neither RSSDA nor UNITAR can guarantee jobs at this point, however efforts shall be made to explore employment opportunities in the relevant companies in the State and beyond.
RSSDA OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
RSSDA Scholarship Scheme:
The Scholarship Program of the Agency is designed to address the manpower needs of the State within the shortest time frame by providing a window of opportunity for potential and bonafide youths to acquire education both locally and overseas as a means of building capacities. The Agency has the following Schemes and Programs in place to meet this directive:

a) Overseas Scholarship Program:
     • Undergraduate
     • Post Graduate Schemes

b) Local Scholarship Program
     • Greater Horizon & Opportunities Programme – GHOP (Secondary School Scholarship)
     • Skills Acquisition (Oil and Gas Training)
     • Training in Local Universities

1. OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
Objectives of the Scholarship Programme
  • To qualitatively build the Human Capital base and give the Rivers State Youths the international and global edge in specialised areas for the overall development of the State.
  • To expand the social network and sphere of influence for graduates of Rivers State origin.
  • WHY OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP:
  • Decay in the education sector occasioned by incessant strikes, poor infrastructures etc in our tertiary institutions
  • Deprivation in employment opportunities to the Rivers people by multinational companies (MNC) who source for their manpower from outside the State. Need to meet and combat by these MNC excuses that the State lacks requisite manpower for those sectors that are within our grasp.
  • To position the Rivers youth to play in the international and global economy through exposure to modern learning in very conducive atmosphere
  • Provide the State with manpower in those identified areas where gaps have been identified
  • Provide the average Rivers youth the opportunity to excel and build a social network of influence within and outside the State
  • WHERE WE ARE
  • Program started in 2008/2009 Academic session. Target is to send 300 students overseas annually.
  • As at June 2010, over 800 students are in various countries studying a variety of courses.
  • For the current academic session (i.e. 2010/2011), 210 students have been offered scholarship and the process to send them out has commenced. Most of the Schools have scattered school start dates (July; September, January, May etc) and we try as much as possible to take advantage of this.
    • The process of sending the student out involves:
    • Obtaining e-passport through the Nigeria Immigration Service
    • Securing admissions for the students in reputable and top universities in the countries selected for the programme.
    • Obtaining student visa and study permits from the respective embassies
    • Preparing the students both mentally and psychologically for sojourn in a foreign land through orientation workshops and programmes
    • Payment for their tuition fee, accommodation and providing stipends for their general upkeep in those countries.
    • Appointing mentors and guardians for the student to supervise and be there for them as they settle down.
      Countries of study and preferred Courses:
    • Canada: Engineering; Physical, Natural Sciences, Economics
    • UK/Ireland: Medicine and Medicine related courses, Engineering and Law
    • India and Singapore: ICT and Computer related courses
    Spread Of The Students Presently Studying Abroad:
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    Current Program Implementation Strategy:
    The current implementation program follows this schedule:
  • Advertisement and call for application for interested candidates of Rivers State origin. Advert usually between February and March every year in local and national newspapers and on the Internet. Open also to candidates outside the shores of the country. Application forms are despatched to all LGAs headquarters and candidates advised to even make photocopies of the forms for use.
  • Desk appraisal and short-listing of applicants for the Aptitude Test
  • Aptitude Test is conducted by an independent body for fairness; accountability and removal of bias
  • Writing of the aptitude test and publication of result and invitation for oral interview.
    1. Challenges students face during the test:
    2. Lateness to the exam hall. The test is conducted for over 10,000 candidates and timeliness is very essential. Candidates are grouped and given test timetable. Test lasts for 30 minutes for each batch. Fifty (50) questions to be answered in 30 minutes. Examination starts by about 9am and last till about 5pm. Those that even reported late are given opportunity to write the test at the end of the exercise.
    3. Inability to follow instructions. Test is computer generated and assessed. Miss shading of exam number; seat number etc have led to non recognition of such scripts by the computer during marking and grading.
    4. Poor preparation for the examination.
  • List of successful applicants in each LGA is placed at the LGA headquarters. Reason: Applicants to confirm their performance and for the Communities to confirm if the candidates are from their LGAs. Successful candidates are sent text messages notifying and inviting them for the Oral Interview.
  • Conduct Oral interview and publish the result of successful: A panel of erudite and responsible scholars is constituted to conduct the interview. The papers of the candidates are screened for genuineness etc and they are asked simple questions on why they chose the course of interest etc.

  • What are the Criteria for the scholarship?
  • Minimum of 5 credits including English Language and Mathematics in the WASCE/GCE. NECO not accepted.
  • Not above the age of 21years. (evidence – birth certificate)
  • Be a Rivers State indigene – (evidence LGA Letter of Identification)
  • The Agency has a provision for the physically challenged. Annually we estimated for about 10 students.

  • Amount Spent on Each Student covers the following:
  • Air Fare:
  • Tuition (School, Lab, Books, etc)
  • Accommodation (Halls of Residence within the school; Private apartments outside the School)
  • Feeding
  • Monthly Upkeep