The Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association, Nigeria (COSFAN) has pledged to assist students of the University of Ilorin that are interested in securing Commonwealth scholarships for either Master or PhD programmes in foreign universities.
The President of COSFAN, Dr (Mrs) Abiola Adimula, gave the assurance penultimate Tuesday (December 4, 2018) at a special training session for postgraduate students on how best to explore the opportunity of Commonwealth scholarships.
The training exercise, jointly organised by COSFAN and the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students’ Association (POGSASS), was held at the Consultancy Training Hall, Old Faculty of Arts Building, University of Ilorin.
Dr Adimula, who is also a lecturer at the Center for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin, disclosed that the rationale behind the training was to encourage more Nigerian students to apply for and secure the Commonwealth Scholarship with ease.
The COSFAN President said, “We discovered that many of our Postgraduate students are not exploring the Commonwealth Scholarship. We have come to train them on how best to apply and to give them the nitty-gritty of all what it requires to win the Commonwealth Scholarship award”.
She said that the training was aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the students about the application procedures and other sundry yardsticks that will make them to be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarship award.
Dr. Adimula, who is also a Lawyer by profession, advised the students to be serious with their studies, saying that only candidates with either First-class or Second Class(Upper Division) degree are considered for the Commonwealth Scholarship award. She added that student with Second Class-Lower Division with additional qualification of Master Degree stands the chance of winning the scholarship.
In their separate comments at the training, Pastor Samuel Oyegunle, Pastor Kayode Alabi, and Mrs Olubiyi Janet advised the students to tap the golden opportunity available in the Commonwealth Scholarship for their educational advancement.
In his remarks, the President of the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students’ Association, Abdulmumeen Abeeb, thanked COSFAN for taking time to educate them on the golden opportunity available in Commonwealth Scholarship, saying that this could not have come at a better time than now when Nigerian students and researchers are always dreaming of getting their research sponsored by international donor agencies.
NOTE: This report was first published in Unilorin bulletin on Monday December 17, 2018