Tuesday, 26 January 2016

2016 David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship For Undergraduates

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The David Oyedepo Foundation scholarship program is our major platform for promoting our vision and goals. The scholarship program awards full ride scholarships to qualified individuals who are indigenes and residents of African countries.  
We offer scholarships at primary, secondary and Tertiary Level of Education. However currently, only the Tertiary and Secondary school scholarships are open for application.

DOF Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The DOF scholars program grants individuals the opportunity to acquire a first Degree at Covenant University or Landmark University in Nigeria. It grants individuals the opportunity to build up the leadership potentials that are so evidently lacking in the leaders of our today’s society, through the yearly programs and community development initiatives.

The scholarship is a need based scholarship, awarded to candidates who have displayed exceptional academic performance at the secondary school level.

DOF Undergraduate Scholarship Categories

I.) DOF 'One World' Scholars:

These category of scholars are the full merit category scholars. All awards in this category are given and maintained strictly on the basis of merit which is measured by a benchmark CGPA of 4.5

Benefits
Full Academic Fees Scholarship
One economy round trip ticket (for international students, subject to discretion of the foundation).

II.) DOF Farmer Scholars
This category of scholarships was established to promote agriculture among the Nigerian youth. Hence candidates that apply to the Farmers Scholars program should be interested in pursuing a degree in any of the specified Agriculture related fields in Landmark University.
All awards are also given and maintained on the basis of merit which is measured by a benchmark CGPA of 4.5.

Benefits
Full academic fees scholarship
Opportunity for summer internship programs in Agric. field partners
One economy round trip ticket (for international students, subject to discretion of the Foundation).

Each Scholarship Awardee becomes a David Oyedepo Foundation Scholar (DOF Scholar) and is expected to meet up with the requirements each year for maintaining the scholarship program.

Requirements
The DOF Scholars are between the ages of 18-25

They are either:
Recipients of the university or secondary school scholarship programs
Fresh graduates who are applying for post graduate study scholarship

David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship Program Details

DOF Scholars
DOF Leadership Scholars
DOF Farmers Scholars

I.) DOF Scholars
DOF Scholars are the recipients for the David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship for university scholarships.

Requirements

They are expected to meet the following criteria in maintaining their scholarship
Candidates must maintain an overall academic cgpa of 4.0 every year
Candidates must not be found in violation of school rules and regulations
Candidates must not solicit scholarships from other scholarship awarding organizations
Candidates must maintain a testimony of integrity in all academic reports and assignments
Candidates must not withdraw or take leave of absence during school year without due notification of the Foundation.
Candidates must be full participatory members of church service units in school.
Candidates must carry out a yearly 6 week summer volunteer service in approved establishment.
Also, every scholar is expected to carry out a yearly summer community project that fulfill the following criteria:
Must be focused on community development
Must be a community based project
Must engage a volunteer base
The project must centre around knowledge in current field of study
A video and document report of the project must be generated and submitted to the Foundation at the end of every summer holiday marking the end of the school year.
The school will be required to generate and send the Foundation a semester by semester report of academic progress.

The scholarship awards would be based on the following:
Superior Scholastic Ability
Outstanding Character
Evidence of Leadership & Involvement
Service to Community and School

David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship Award
(University/College Merit Award)

Nature of Scholarship

The scholarship award will begin from the first year of junior school (JSS1) and the first year of senior school (SS1) and will extend throughout the duration of study at each level
Scholarship will be awarded to secondary/high school students who fulfil the terms of eligibility
The Award covers only tuition through stipulated duration of study in the university to a maximum of 8 years of study as long as the student maintains the D.O.F Standard of Excellence each academic year.
Scholarship is not awarded to individuals above 25 years of age.
Scholarship will be publicised through the D.O.F. website, local newspapers, radio stations and open letters of invitations to schools.
Awards are paid directly from the foundation to the applicant’s school of choice.
Successful students will be notified at the end of selection process through emails provided by each applicant.
Scholarships are reviewed for renewal each academic year.
Preferences will be given to candidates whose choose the following disciplines: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Paramedical Sciences, Agriculture and Education.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered, a student must meet these minimum requirements,
Be a Nigerian Citizen
Be in good academic standing based on secondary school transcript
Have provisional admission in a government approved university in Nigeria
Be described as indigent
5 distinction pass in WAEC, NECO or GCE Exams
20 points above JAMB yearly cut-off

Application Procedure

The application forms are to be filled and submitted online.

All applicants will need to submit:
Scholarship Application
Reference form
Secondary school transcript
WAEC,NECO or GCE result
JAMB admission letter
University Admission Letter
Birth certificate
Secondary School ID Card
Secondary School Testimonial
State/Local Government Identification Letter
Parental consent form

Documents required are to be scanned and uploaded on application portal:
Each student will be required to write two essays on;
Brief introduction of themselves in 300 words
Societal change on their area of study not more than 750 words.

Maintenance of Scholarship

All applicant are awarded full scholarship for the duration of their study, however a yearly review of scholarship is carried out every year to ensure candidate remains worthy of scholarship award.

Each Scholarship Awardees:
Must maintain a continuous standard of excellence as measured by the David Oyedepo Foundation
Carry out a yearly summer community project that fulfil the following criteria:
Must be focused on community development
Must be a community based project
Must engage a volunteer base of class and schoolmates
Must engage knowledge in current field of study
A video and document report of the project must be generated and submitted to the foundation at the end of every summer holiday marking the end of the school year.
The school will be required to generate and send the foundation a semester by semester report of academic progress.

DOF Standard of Excellence

Candidates must maintain an overall academic average of 80% at the end of each school year.
Candidates must not be found guilty of violation of school rules and regulations
Candidates must not solicit scholarships from other scholarship awarding organizations
Candidates must maintain a testimony of integrity in all academic reports and assignments
Candidates must not withdraw or take leave of absence during school year without due notification of the foundation.

Selection Criteria
Scholarships are awarded by the David Oyedepo Foundation Selection Committee. They will be judging each student on his or her:

Superior Scholastic Ability
Outstanding Character
Evidence of Leadership & Involvement
Service to Community and School

II.) DOF Leadership Scholars
The second part of the DOF Scholars program is for individuals who have completed studies at university and intend to pursue post graduate degrees, they are called the DOF leadership scholars.

Descriptions
Candidates who apply for the DOF leadership scholar program are expected to:
Spend one year post university teaching in a primary, secondary or tertiary institution
Compulsorily participate in the DOF leadership programs designed for the scholars throughout the course of the year.
Carry out community development projects throughout the course of the year in their respective location.
Be offered provisional admission for a post graduate degree in approved Nigerian universities.
At the end of the year, the approved candidates are awarded DOF leaders status and awarded full scholarship for post graduate study.

III.) DOF Farmer Scholars
This scholarship program of the David Oyedepo foundation is designed to encourage young people to venture into farming as a career:

Graduates that are interested in pursuing a career in farming are offered scholarship to post graduate degrees after a one year work training program on designated farms.
At the end of the one year work training program, the candidates are sponsored to pursue post graduate degree in a relevant course and have the opportunity to be sent to farms in different parts of the world for a work training experience.
At the end of the post graduate degree, the individuals are given the opportunity to work on a large scale farm to implement the knowledge learnt in the course of training.
At the end of a 3 year period, the foundation grants the young farmer financial support in starting up their own farming practice.
We recommend printing these instructions and referring to them while completing this application

Financial Provisions of The Scholarship
Full Academic fees for a maximum of 5 years. (In accordance to the University stipulated time for duration of chosen course).

The scholarship does not cover:
Travel allowances
Feeding allowances
Medical/Health Insurance or allowance
Any other fees outside University generated Academic fees for a course at any level.

Eligibility Requirements
The David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship program is open to Young Africans who meet the following criteria:


Are citizens and permanent residents of any African Nation
Are between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application submission
Are eligible to receive a Nigerian student visa
Are proficient in reading, writing and speaking English
Have a record of exceptional performance at the secondary school level which is benchmarked by:
At least 20 points above JAMB cut off points (for Nigerians only)
80% recorded average or 4.0GPA/5.0 in Secondary/High School Transcript
Already have begun admission applications to Covenant or Landmark University

Note
The application for the scholarship does not guarantee admission to the specified Universities; all admission to the University is to be secured independently by going through the University's admission process. Hence, award of the scholarship is conditional on University admission.
Applicants not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

David Oyedepo Foundation Application Process Timeline
November 30, 2015:


Applications Open

March 31, 2016:

Application Closes

April - May 2016:

Semifinalists are interviewed by scholarship committee

May 2016:

Applicants are notified of their status

May - July 2016:

University Admissions and Visa processing by scholars

August - September 2016:

Resumption of Scholars in Covenant and Landmark University

Selection Process and Criteria
The David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship Program selection process is a need dependent, merit based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Following this review, chosen finalists will be interviewed by the David Oyedepo Foundation team, through an online video conferencing platform. If advanced to the final round, applicant must provide;

Proof of application to Covenant or Landmark University
Proof of citizenship
All original copies of documents uploaded during application.

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
A proven record of superior scholastic ability
Displayed financial need
Outstanding character
A proven record of leadership and community involvement
A commitment to influence home community with skills learned

General Application Tips

The David Oyedepo Foundation uses an internet based application system. You will need to access a computer and internet to apply. You would also need a scanner in order to upload required documents.
You do not have to finish your application in one session. You may save your work and return to complete your application as many times as necessary. You must, however, not leave your application untouched for up to 30 days or your account would be deleted.
You must submit your completed application by the deadline, however you are encouraged to submit before the deadline as no deadline extensions would be provided.
Answer all questions on the application in English and all documents to be uploaded MUST be translated in English.
All answers in the application, including written responses to essays must be your own original work.
Only applicants who complete this application will be considered. Applications and information submitted through email or other means will NOT be considered.

Online Application Sections
General/Contact Information Section:

Provide general information in specified formats within the application form
You will be required to provide documentation verifying age, and country of citizenship for eligibility if you are selected at the interview stage
Information filled in Parent/Guardian section should be for BIOLOGICAL parents or LEGAL guardians
The contact information you provide will be used to reach you during the application and selection process. Please provide accurate addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses that you use and check on a regular basis.

Education Section
Insert Primary School Name, Certificate obtained e.g. (primary school leaving certificate etc.), duration (mm/yy - mm/yy format), and the year of graduation. Indicate nil if you did not complete education at the school indicated.
Add New for multiple schools attended at primary/basic level
Insert Secondary/High School Name, Certificate obtained e.g. (junior/senior school leaving certificate, High school diploma etc.), Duration (mm/yy - mm/yy format), and the year of graduation. Indicate nil if you did not complete your education at the school indicated.
Add New for multiple schools attended at secondary level until graduation.
Insert Post-Secondary Institution Name (e.g. A’level, Technical college, University), Certificate obtained e.g. (A levels, BSc, Diploma etc.), Duration (mm/yy - mm/yy format), and the year of graduation. Indicate nil if you did not complete your education at the school indicated.
Insert proposed University of Study and proposed course of study. Remember that the David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship Program is specific at this time to only Covenant and Landmark University. It is also course specific, hence you would have the option of only choosing from the available options.
For the exam results section, the name of the Nationally Recognized O’level exams should be inserted including the date the exam was taken. (This exam varies for different countries).
All subjects taken should be captures in the exam results section along with corresponding grades
Combination of two different certificate exams is not permitted
JAMB result is specific to ONLY Nigerian Applicants. All Nigerian applicants must insert JAMB result for application to be considered

Recommendation Section

Insert personal information and contact details for an Academic referee (i.e. academic staff who is aware of your academic progress and other school related affairs). Note: A letter of recommendation from this individual need to be uploaded in the ‘upload credentials’ section of the application.
Insert personal information and contact details for a Religious Referee (i.e. a cleric who is aware of your spiritual progress and other personal and character related affairs). Note: A letter of recommendation from this individual need to be uploaded in the uploads section of the application.
Note that parents or guardians CANNOT to be listed as referees.

Essay Section
This section includes 2 essay questions that must be completed. Each essay has a word limit of 500 words and must under no circumstances be exceeded. Your responses would give an opportunity to the selection committee to better understand you as a leader, including your desire to participate in the program.

English Language
English language proficiency is required for participation in the Scholarship program. All activities and communication would be done in English without the opportunity for translation. Please fill in the portion of the application evaluating your language skills as accurately as possible.

Application Closing Date

11.59pm GMT + 1.00, Thursday, 31st March 2016

Appliation Submission Guidelines
Interested and qualified applicant should:
Click here to apply online

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