A total of N500,000 has been shared equally among ten winners of the Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late co-founder and CEO of Pass.ng, Samson Abioye, who died last year at the age of 26.
In a statement made available to TechCity, Pass.ng said the 10 winners are studying at different higher institutions across Nigeria and will each receive N50,000 in support of their education. The scholarship fund was raised from well-meaning individuals and it is targeted at 10 brilliant but financially disadvantaged undergraduates in Nigeria.
The beneficiaries were selected via an essay competition on “What I Can Do As A Youth To Make A Difference In Nigerian Education System.”
About 213 entries were made but only 10 undergraduates emerged winners and therefore qualified for the scholarship.
The winner are Aliu Farouq Umar and Ahika Ezekiel from University of Benin; Ezekiel Elekwa and Money Gift from University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Omoya Simult from University of Ibadan; Odunlami Bukunmi from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta; Usoro Emmanuel from Akwa Ibom State University; Emmanuel Sunday and Josiah Akpan from University of Lagos; and Kazeem Saheed from Federal University Oye-Ekiti.
Imole Oluyemi, Co-Founder And Operations Lead, PASS.NG said: “Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship was birthed from the dual need to financially assist struggling students other than just providing educational services to them alone, and also to ensure that the name and legacy of Samson Abioye continues to linger in our hearts for centuries to come.”
He added: “Brilliance is evenly distributed across the world but opportunity is not. Here in Nigeria, that is even more the sad reality. 50,000 naira can make a difference in the life of a struggling undergraduate in any part of Nigeria, so at PASS.NG we decided to play our part and give the leverage needed no matter how small.”