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WORLD NNPC/EEPNL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW By: Ahmed Abdulahi

2014/2015 NNPC/Esso Int’l Postgraduate Scholarship Award Recipients

NNPC/Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) awards International Post-Graduate Scholarships annually, in line with its plan to help train and develop qualified Nigerians to fill positions within and outside its organization. To apply for the scholarship, candidates must have a first degree (First Class or Second Class Upper Division in Geosciences and Engineering obtained from a Nigerian university) and a provisional admission to a recognized University in the USA, UK or any EU country.

Since the commencement of the scholarship programme, NNPC/EEPNL had awarded a total of 123 international post-graduate scholarships. These scholarships carry no employment obligations. Upon successful completion of their courses, candidates are free to work anywhere they choose. Of the 111
International Post Graduate Scholars, over 23 have been hired by ExxonMobil Upstream subsidiaries in Nigeria.

In 2007, NNPC/EEPNL introduced the National Postgraduate Scholarship award to complement the existing foreign postgraduate scholarship program. To apply for the scholarship, candidates must have a first degree (First Class or Second Class Upper Division) in Geosciences and Engineering degree and a provisional admission in a recognized University in Nigeria. 19 awards were made in 2007, 30 in 2008, 20 in 2009, 20 in 2010 and 20 in 2011 , 30 in 2012 and 20 in 2013 thus bringing the total number of awards for the National Postgraduate scholarship to 159 awards.

On the MPN side, in 1974, the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture commenced a scholarship program for undergraduates in Nigerian higher institutions of learning. The number of awards increased from 13 in 1974 to 30 in 1984, to 250 in 1991, and to 350 in 1993. Since 1998, the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture has made provision to award 500 scholarships annually.

About 60% of the awards are for those studying core disciplines in Engineering and Geosciences, and others are Medicine, Computer Science and Agricultural Science. MPN also commenced a secondary school scholarship in 2011 with the award of 20 scholarships to children from public primary schools in the 4 neighbouring communities to further their secondary school education in private primary schools in Akwa Ibom state.

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