66 students have been selected from public schools across Osun and Oyo states as prospective beneficiaries of late Chief Bola Ige family’s N29 million scholarship award for indigent students in honour of the late politician and his late wife, Justice Atinuke Ige.
The scholarship is intended for students in the senior and junior secondary school categories, where two students from each category would be picked and scholarships worth N2.5 million would be awarded to each winner in the two categories.
Son of the late former attorney general of the Federation, Mr. Olumuyiwa Ige who is a former Commissioner in the state, said the students would go through a competitive selection process to choose the best of them.
Mr. Olumuyiwa Ige explains that the rationale behind this scheme is to keep the legacy of their late father alive in the area of prioritizing qualitative education for children irrespective of their backgrounds and colours.
The late politician’s eldest child and Proprietress of The Vale College, Ibadan, Mrs. Funso Adegbola, earlier last week had said the move to reward indigent students was borne out of her late father’s passion for free, qualitative education for the children of the poor, which was unrivalled as he implemented a programme of free education at all levels in Oyo State when he was governor.
The family explains that the modality of the scholarships is through giving free education worth N12 million to pupils in the junior category, which will cover their education, feeding, and accommodation from JSS 1 to SS3.
In the senior category, N2.5 million worth of scholarship will be given to the two winners in the `A’ Level programme, for the duration of one year. This will qualify them to get admission in any university around the world.
The N29 million scholarship breakdown is, N24 million for the junior category, and N5 million for the senior category.
Mr. Ige says what makes the scheme easier and effective is that the Vale College, Ibadan which is owned by the family is where the students will enjoy the scholarships, which will make mentoring and monitoring more effective.
The Vice-Principal of the Vale College, Mr. Billy Oladimeji, said that the selection process was on merit. He said that the winners in the two categories will emerge eventually after the completion of the second stage at Ibadan.
The grand finale is slated for May 14, 2016 when the four lucky winners would emerge.