HUNDREDS of students lit up the King Kpadia Royal Square Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State on Saturday, 13 January 2023, when the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation announced more than 1,000 awardees of its 2023/2024 Education Support Scheme, a continuation of Senator Henry Seriake Dickson’s investment in education and human capacity development, generally, over the years.
The 2023 beneficiaries of the Scheme comprised 300 undergraduates from Bayelsa West Senatorial District; 300 undergraduates of Bayelsa State origin from all the universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in the State, who are on first class or second class upper standing, the high fliers and others the Committee deemed eligible. They got N40,000 each.
Other beneficiaries were students in Master’s degree programmes. They got N50,000 each. PhD candidates, and 80 Nigerian Law School students from Bayelsa State’s three Senatorial Districts received N100,000 each.
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A 22-member Committee which Professor Barclays Ayakoroma, Acting Vice Chancellor University of Africa, Toru-Orua, chaired with Professor Tawari Fufeyin, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Hensard University, Toru-Orua, as Co-Chairperson, Professor Christine Odi, former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Niger Delta University, Vice-Chairperson, and Dr.
Akpoebi Adesi, Registrar, University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Secretary, screened thousands of applications that were received.
A breakdown of the distribution of the awards-
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