The MTN Foundation, through its annual scholarship initiative, has granted scholarships to 360 undergraduate students from Nigeria, in addition to the 651 current scholars, bringing the total number of scholars to 1,011.
These outstanding scholars were honored at award ceremonies held in Port Harcourt, Lagos, and Abuja, attended by notable dignitaries including Abdulkabir Ogungbo, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Taxation and Revenue; Professor Nlerum Okogbule, Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University; Honorable Peter Akpatason, Chairman of the House Committee on Telecommunications, and others.
The MTN Foundation’s annual scholarships are a means of recognizing and rewarding high-achieving students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions.
These scholarships are typically awarded in three categories: to undergraduates in science and technology-related courses, blind students pursuing any field of study, and the top 10 candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Nigeria.
Over the past 12 years, this initiative has supported 4,590 Nigerian students with scholarships totaling NGN 3 billion.
During the event in Lagos, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi OFR (mni), Chairman of MTN Foundation, expressed the Foundation’s commitment to providing educational opportunities and resources to empower the next generation.
He stated, “This initiative was established with the belief that every individual—regardless of background or socioeconomic status—deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams through education, which has a profound impact on shaping minds, fostering innovation, and driving societal change.”
Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, commended the MTN Foundation for its dedication to the development of host communities.
He acknowledged the Foundation’s role in human and infrastructure development and applauded its corporate social responsibility efforts.
He praised the Foundation’s contribution to promoting academic excellence and urged them to continue their pursuit of excellence and development in society.
As part of the MTN Scholarship program, blind scholars receive support in the form of JAWS screen reader software, and graduating scholars participate in an employability workshop called “Skill Up!” designed to equip them with skills for the workforce.
In 2023, the MTN Foundation partnered with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for a two-week virtual workshop, providing graduates with skills in agile project management.