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EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP)

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP)
EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP)

The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program 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.

Opening Date: Application for EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program opens April 15th 2021 and closes 31st of May 2021

Eligibility
Low-income students in Nigeria who are determined and talented and require financial resources and access to information to broaden their educational future. For the 11th year, the United States Embassy seeks to identify academically qualifies and highly motivated low-income students in Nigerian to join the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).

Requirements: Applicants are welcome from all the states in Nigeria
Students must be able to reach OFP offices in Abuja or Lagos every month during the program for full participation. Participants will work with EducationUSA Advisors from June 2020 – August 2021 to try to secure places and financial assistance to begin study in the U.S. in August 2021.

NOTE: Entrance into this program is no guarantee of a scholarship of financial assistance to study in the US.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The selection of finalists for OFP is highly competitive, given limited funding. OFP 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.

Requirements
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.

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. Do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.

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 once the application portal opens on the 15th of April 2021 (Essay topics will be found on the form)

For inquiries send an email to AbujaEducationusa@state.gov or LagoseducationUSA@state.gov

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