Peace Corp Young Women’s Scholarship for Female Undergraduate Nigerian Students (Study in USA)
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.
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 2018, or will complete community college and enter a participating university as a full time student in the fall of 2018
Has an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Has a documented need for financial assistance
HOW TO APPLY
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
Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation
c/o 10462 Kelso Court
Waldorf, MD 20603
It is important to read the 2018 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.
All application materials must be received by May 16, 2018.
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.