By Felix Khanoba
A 300-level student of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Aminu Abdulsalam and 40 other students from 27 countries across the world have emerged winners of this year’s veterinary students’ scholarship worth 205,000 dollars, with the awardees receiving 5,000 dollars each.
The winners of the scholarship, who were selected for demonstrating commitment and scholarship in their chosen field of career pursuit, were announced by the World Veterinary Association (WAV) during the 34th World Veterinary Congress in Barcelona, Spain, recently.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY by Mr. Waziri Garba, UniAbuja Deputy Registrar in charge of Information, said 400 applications were received and reviewed for the scholarship.
“A statement from the World Veterinary Association (WAV) showed that 10 of the 41 successful applicants were from Africa with two of them from Nigeria, Abdulsalam and one other female applicant, Kehinde Oreoluwa whose academic institution was not immediately known.
“The 5,000-dollar scholarship which is awarded directly to the students was considered on the basis of academic achievement, engagement of the students with their future career path, leadership potential, financial needs and, recommendation from their respective veterinary colleges,” the UniAbuja’s statement said.
Reacting to the development, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu, and the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Clement Alawa, said in separate comments that the feat was a demonstration of the high standards set by the faculty and praised the student for doing the University proud on such a world stage.
Professor Adikwu also assured that the University would continue to support the award winning student to further his interest in Veterinary Medicine.