EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program for Undergraduates and Graduate Students, 2020

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program for Undergraduates and Graduate Students: The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria invites applications from suitably qualified students across the 36 states (school leavers, undergraduate and graduate students) to enrol for the 2020 edition of the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).

For the 11th year, the United States Embassy, Nigeria seeks to identify academically qualified and highly motivated, low-income students in Nigeria to join the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP). OFP’s mission is to assist talented and determined, low-income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria

Scholarships to be taken at: Home and U.S.

Scholarship Type: Education Support Program.

Scholarship level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate.

Slots: Not stated.

Scholarship Worth:  Fully Funded.

Subject Eligibility: All subject areas.

Country/Candidate Eligibility: Nigerian Students.


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Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

The selection of finalists for OFP is highly competitive, given limited funding. We look for applicants with:

  • Strong academic record/ transcript
  • Robust participation in extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in leadership roles
  • Excellent community service participation
  • Financial Need

NOTE:  Undergraduate Applicants– If WAEC results are not available; the student must be currently in SS3. If WAEC results are available, they must be from May/June WAEC.

Students who have already started a University education are NOT eligible to apply.

Application Procedures for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program for Undergraduates and Graduate – How-to-Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates can apply under the categories;

See necessary procedures in section (below)


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Document Requirements:

The requirements for applying to the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program 2020 include;

  • Complete Application Form
  • Academic Results:
    Undergraduate Applicants
    – Attach a copy of your WAEC “O” Level results (from WAEC website).  Include Cambridge A’Level or IGSCE results if applicable or available.
    Graduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your Final year results and degree results (if available) First Class only (STEM majors preferred).
  • Letters of recommendation:
    Undergraduate Applicants
    Request a teacher or your school principal to complete a letter of recommendation form, attesting to your character, talent and skills.  Please do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.
    Graduate Applicants: Provide the details of a lecturer, professor, or Head of Department (HOD) that we can contact to find out more about you.
  • Transcript:
    Undergraduate Applicants
    : Send a scanned copy of your transcript from JS1 to SS3 including your mock and first term results, if possible.
    Graduate Applicants– Send a scanned copy of your transcripts that show a GPA of 4.5 or above on a 5.0 scale. 
  • Essays:
    Write two essays, one from Group A and one from Group B, each of about 250– 300 words. The essay topics will be on the application form you receive. (Essay topics will be found on the form)

Application Deadline: MAY 31, 2020

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