New Scholarship Package For Students With Disabilities 2

New Scholarship Package For Students With Disabilities

The kaduna state Scholarship board has shown special consideration to students with disabilities. It has introduced a scholarship package for students with disabilities who want to further their education.

The Executive Secretary of the board, Malam Hassan Rilwan made the disclosure at a press briefing in Kaduna state on Monday, February 24, 2020.

He said that students in tertiary institutions could also apply for the scholarship and bursary grants which they can access through the boards online portal,



Malam Hassan Rilwan explained that the board has four scholarship packages. These include; Need-based, Merit-based, Sports as well as students living with disabilities package.

“For the bursary package, payment is ongoing for the 2017/2018, 2018/2019 sessions while the portal is now open for the 2019/2020 academic session,’’

he added.

The Executive secretary disclosed that all who apply for the scholarship are expected to write an essay of personal commitment and thereafter sit for a Computer Based Test (CBT) as part of the evaluation process.

“Candidates can be evaluated in English, French and Arabic so as to deepen the inclusion process and make room for as many eligible candidates as possible,’’

he said.

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For students with disabilities, Malam Hassan Rilwan said that the board is partnering with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Knowledge for the Blind Initiative, to provide accreditation centre and computers with Braille and other special software to aid the blind.

“For People With Disabilities, they should go to a government-recognised hospital in order to obtain a medical certificate, stating the disability, in order to be eligible for the scholarship.’’

According to him, the merit-based package requires an excellent performance of the applicant, after the initial filings for eligibility.

Malam Hassan Rilwan also said that the board would conduct an eligibility assessment for candidates who applied under the Need-based package.

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“For this category of applicants, we must determine whether or not they are actually in the Need-based category by requiring the Bank Verification Number (BVN), their parent’s BVN as well as the Tax Identification Number (TIN), for them to be eligible.’’

The executive secretary made it clear that if the parent is not captured in the tax net, he or she should go to the nearest tax office for self-assessment.

Malam Hassan Rilwan said that applicants who applied under the Sports category need letters of attestation from their school’s sports department.

The executive secretary assured that the selection of the beneficiaries would be done strictly on merit.

“You don’t need to know someone in order to get it. All that is required is what you know or how needy you are and not who you know,’’

he stressed.

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