The Islamic Society of Eggonland (ISE), a non-governmental charity organization, has paid scholarship to over 850 students for the 2023/2024 academic session.
This was announced by the General Secretary of the organization, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi Galle during a press briefing at the ISE head office in Nassarawa Eggon on Tuesday (November 22, 2023).
He said: “Today, I am delighted to announce that ISE has successfully disbursed the scholarship payments for the 2023/2024 academic year to 857 students. This is the largest number of beneficiaries since the inception of the scholarship foundation 10 years ago.”
The ISE General Secretary also took time to reel out some statistics about the scholarship saying: “Out of the 857 scholarship recipients, 526 are new beneficiaries and 331 are existing or old beneficiaries.
“Out of the 758 new applications we received this year, we shortlisted 526 and rejected 232 based on our eligibility criteria.
“Out of the 857 scholarship recipients, 649 are Muslims and 208 are Christians.
“Out of the 758 new applications, 546 were from Muslim students and 208 were Christian students. We shortlisted 406 and 120 respectively and rejected 140 and 88 respectively.
“Out of the 857 scholarship recipients, 517 are male and 340 are female.
“Out of the 857 scholarship recipients, 9 are pursuing Ph.D, 26 are pursuing M.Sc, 1 is pursuing Law Part II, 1 is pursuing PGD, 481 are pursuing B.Sc, 36 are pursuing HND, 87 are pursuing NCE, 78 are pursuing ND Polytechnic, 27 are pursuing ND Nursing and Midwifery, and 111 are pursuing ND School & College of Health.”
Alhaji Umar Abdullahi Galle emphasized that the ISE “scholarship program students from different religions, genders, and academic fields. We believe that education is the key to empowerment and development, and we are committed to supporting students who have the potential and the passion to achieve their dreams.”
On the selection process, the ISE General Secretary explained that because of the high competition for the limited scholarship slots, the organization has devised means to control the number of applications.
He said: “I can tell you the competition is high. The number of applications we get is just so much. We left the portal open for five days and we received this number of applications within a space of just five days. If we allow the portal to remain open for one week or one month, you can be sure that we will get more than ten thousand. But we try to also look at our budget because this project is being funded by donors. We don’t want to create a scene where people will see this scholarship as a scam. We look at our budget and try to control the volume of applications so that if we should be able to admit up to 60 percent of applications into the scheme every academic year.”
He expressed gratitude to the donors, management, volunteers of the organization and even the beneficiaries who have contributed in making the scholarship scheme a success for its over 10 years of existence.