March 15, 2016

USA: Peace Corp Young Women's Scholarship for Female Undergraduate Nigerian Students

Young Women's Scholarship Program

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Undergraduate (college, university)
Provider: PCNAF
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) will award scholarships to promising female undergraduate college students of Nigerian heritage in the metropolitan Washington, DC area with a desire to contribute to the development and prosperity of Nigeria while pursuing their undergraduate studies.

The Young Women's Scholarship Program was created in an effort to help ease the financial burden of students with outstanding academic and leadership potential who are facing difficulties finding the money to stay in school because they have an international student visa. These students are not allowed to seek outside employment to finance their education.

The program provides financial support to young women entering their junior or senior year at a participating college or university.

Eligibility
Any female college student of Nigerian heritage is eligible to apply for a PCNAF Scholarship if she:
  • Has an international student visa (F1)
  • Is enrolled as a full time student at a participating institution
  • Will begin her junior or senior year at the university in the fall of 2016, or will complete community college and enter a participating university as a full time student in the fall of 2016
  • Has an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Has a documented need for financial assistance
Eligible groups
Female citizens of Nigerian origin and/or heritage

Participating Institutions
Students attending the following institutions can apply:
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Prince Georges Community College
  • Baltimore City Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Morgan State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Bowie State University
  • Montgomery College
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Towson University
  • College of Southern Maryland
  • George Mason University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
Fields of study
All undergraduate level courses available at the participating institutions

Number of awards
Two (2) grants will be awarded

Scholarship benefits
The program provides financial support of $2000 to young women entering their junior or senior year at a participating college or university.

Upon receiving their scholarships, the scholars will be expected to actively participate in PCNAF sponsored activities for at least one year. Activities will include: Participating in a leadership development mentoring program, AND Speaking to students at local schools about the basic education crisis in Nigeria (especially for girls) and the need for educational reform.

Method of Application
Application packages must include a completed scholarship application, an official academic transcript (most recent), the Financial Aid Worksheet, copy of the international student visa, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, a letter of recommendation from someone outside the educational institution, and responses (150-200 words) to each of the three essay questions. Note that you are required to submit requested documents, and also the Essay Topics to write on can be found on the scholarship Application Form.

Once you have gathered the required documents, mail the completed package to:

Mr. Albert Hannans
President
Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation
c/o 10462 Kelso Court
Waldorf, MD 20603

It is important to read the 2016 Scholarship Application Form (pdf) and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship.

DEADLINES:
Application forms for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available from February, 2016. All application materials must be received by April 29, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE:
If you have questions call: 301-632-5895.

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.

Back in the 1960’s, thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV’s) served in Nigeria. For a while, in fact, the newly independent country was host to the single largest Peace Corps program. But then the Peace Corps had to withdraw while Nigeria suffered through years of civil war, military rule and mismanagement.

It’s been more than forty years now since Peace Corps had a significant presence in Nigeria. Yet, many former volunteers (RPCV’s) cherish the memory of their service there and feel a desire to play a constructive role in the country’s development. That is what led a group of RPCV’s in the Washington, DC area to form the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) in 2000. They wanted to provide a vehicle for RPCVs, former Peace Corps staff, and other individuals and organizations interested in supporting development efforts in Nigeria, to make an on-going contribution.

Application Deadline: 29 April 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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