Abuja - The Lincoln University assured that the selection of the beneficiaries of the Bayelsa State Scholarship Scheme will not be politically motivated.
More than 5 000 undergraduate students recently sat for the scholarship examination conducted by Bayelsa State Scholarship Board in Yenagoa.
Eighty of the students have been shortlisted for the next stage.
Professors Evelyn Poe and Connie Lundy, representatives of the Pennsylvania, United States of America-based institution, said the university, in collaboration with the Scholarship Board, would ensure a hitch-free selection process.
“Lincoln University globally is known for its academic excellence and transparency and this would be brought to bear in the final selection of the sixteen beneficiaries that would be drawn from the eight local government areas of the state.”
The 80 shortlisted candidates are scheduled to write mathematical aptitude tests on Wednesday while oral interviews will be conducted next Saturday to further shortlist the successful candidates.
“Successful candidates according to the University don are expected to jet out of the country in January after a fitness test,” said Prof. Poe.
The chairman of the state scholarship board, Foster Ogola, said the exercise had been transparent.
“As a result of the transparency methodology that we have adopted, all the students were satisfied with the conduct of the scholarship board. Not one petition of 'my question was harder’ or ‘I was not allowed enough time' came up. The marking scheme too was very diligent because educationists were part of the process and the board is loaded with such personalities.”
Ogola said the issue of gender had been considered during the selection process as females would be given a bigger share of berths in line with the 35 percent affirmative action of the state government.
– CAJ News