Tuesday, June 20, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Yoruba Affairs - Toyin Falola and Joseph Friesen Scholarship

This is a very wonderful initiative, not unusual of the spirit of human kindness and love that Professor Falola has become known worldwide. Kudos to the Toyin Falola Centre. The award is sure to inspire interests among its target and emulation among others who are blessed to do same.

On 20 Jun 2017, at 15:00, Toyin Falola <toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu> wrote:

The Toyin Falola Centre
hereby announces the

Toyin Falola and Joseph Friesen Scholarship
(TFJF Scholarship)
Objective of the Scholarship
Dr. Toyin Falola (Jr) and Joseph Friesen hereby institute a scholarship scheme to benefit indigent young people wishing to pursue university education in the fields of History and Biology at Nigeria universities. For the 2017-2018 competition, only students in Biology from Tai Solarin University, and from History, the University of Ibadan, will be considered.
Recognizing that many brilliant, hardworking, and deserving Nigerian young people are unable to enter or remain in university specifically due to the lack of funds to complete their studies, this scholarship award aims to help two young Nigerians over a three year period to achieve their dreams in order to make contributions to the development and progress of the Nigerian nation. 
Award Amount
The award will be for a US$5,000 per candidate, divided up into annual instalments over three years total. There will be two scholarship winners per year. The goal will be to cover tuition, books, and other school-related expenses. 
Administration of the Award
The process of advertisement, evaluation of applications, selection of candidates, verification of claims and documents, monitoring of progress, disbursement of award, and sundry other related tasks shall be undertaken by the Toyin Falola Centre on behalf of Dr. Toyin Falola and Joseph Friesen, the grantors.
Criteria for selection
The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, promising leadership qualities, and outstanding character. Academic achievement is recognized as outstanding achievement in all of WAEC/SSCE, UTME and first year examinations already undertaken by the candidate. Consistent high achievement is important for selection and retention on the scholarship. Other abilities must be evidenced by candidate's prior record and attested to by relevant individuals in her/his community. The candidate must also clearly show evidence of indigence and inability to pay fees without the aid of the scholarship.
Note that:
·      Candidates must have completed the first year of studies and fulfil all criteria as set by the Toyin Falola Centre. 
·      A candidate whose application is successful will have the distinction of being named a Toyin Falola and Joseph Friesen (TFJF) Scholar for the duration of the award.
Requirements/Conditions of the scholarship
If any of the following conditions are not met, subsequent installments of the scholarship will not be granted to the student:
The TFJF Scholar must maintain the academic distinction at the minimum grade level of Second Class Upper Division, and character qualities (clean university citizenship record) identified upon the award throughout her/his studentship;
 A TFJF Scholar must remain at the institution/university approved for the scholarship; and,
 A TFJF Scholar must complete annual reports to be sent to the Toyin Falola Centre about her/his progress, [and co-signed by the head of department for the course of study]
Candidates must ensure that their application documents are authentic and are a true reflection of the criteria of the award. Any fraud discovered in the Scholar's application documents or in her/his claims will lead to an immediate    forfeiture of the scholarship (if already awarded), formal report to the university, a public disclaimer, and the re-payment of any part of the award already disbursed to the individual as at the time of the discovery.
Application dates
Applications may be submitted every year between May 1 and July 15. The selected candidate for each year will be announced by August 15 of that year.
Required application documents:
o   A completed application form
o   A letter of application (5300 character maximum), convincingly setting forth the need for the scholarship and demonstrating the candidate's goals in pursuing a university education
o   Certified true copy of WAEC/NECO result, at one sitting only
o   Certified true copy of Jamb result  
o   Certified true copy of university admission letter
o   First year transcripts/results, sent directly from the University  to the Centre
o   Two recommendation letters attesting to the candidate's academic achievement and promise, leadership potentials and character
o   Completed attestation form from the Dean of Faculty/School or DVC Academics  
o   Other (variable) evidence of leadership abilities and of character
Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit additional documents or verification.
Submission of documents
Candidates must ensure that all documents reach the Toyin Falola Centre in a single email as one attachment, or in a single packet by post, within the dates set forth above. Documents arriving late for any reason at all will not be considered.
Documents may be scanned and emailed to tfjfscholarship@gmail.com
Or mailed to the following address:
Toyin Falola Centre
8650 Spicewood Springs #145
Box 618
Austin, Tx 78759

Toyin Falola
Department of History
The University of Texas at Austin
104 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712-0220
512 475 7224
512 475 7222 (fax)

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