The Jim Ovia Scholarship was founded and funded by Mr. Jim Ovia since
1998, to provide financial aid to outstanding Nigeria youths. The
scholarship was previously known as the MUSTE scholarship.
are given funding for undergraduate study for the duration of the
undergraduate program. The award includes tuition and maintenance
allowance. The scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities every year.
The Financial records show that as at October 2010, Mr. Ovia has
invested 100 Million Naira in the program on 1500 beneficiaries.
In establishing the Jim Ovia Scholarship, Mr. Ovia hoped to
create a network of future leaders within Nigeria who can compete
globally with their peers, bring new ideas, creativity and are
committed to improving the lives and circumstances of people in their
respective communities. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of
personal intellectual ability, leadership capability and a desire to
use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout Nigeria by
providing service to their community and applying their talent and
knowledge to improve the lives of others. Over time it is expected that
the Jim Ovia Scholarship beneficiaries will become leaders in helping
to address challenges related to health, technology, and finance, all
areas in which the foundation is deeply engaged.
Eligibility and Criteria
- The scholarship is open to all potential students of Nigerian citizenship.
- One hundred (100) awardees are selected each year from a pool of eligible applicants.
- Scholarships are awarded on the basis of personal intellectual
ability, leadership capability and a desire to contribute to society at
large to improve the lives of others.
Jim Ovia Scholarship Application Guide
New and Renewing Applicants:
- Completed online application
- Valid Government ID (e.g. International passport, Voter’s Card,
National ID or Driver’s License) Please note that a certificate of
origin or birth certificate will not be accepted as a valid form of ID.
The only exception will be for minors below the age of 18 years who
are unable to apply for a government ID. In which case, a birth
certificate will be accepted in lieu of a government ID for such
- An official original letter (not photocopied) letter from your school/Head of Department stating the following:
- Your full-name
- Course Title
- Department of Study
- Matriculation number
Newly matriculated who have not yet received a matriculation number or
school ID must provide a provisional admission letter to their
institution of study.
- Original Secondary School Certificate (WAEC or NECO)
- A valid student ID for your host institution (University/College)
- A passport photograph
- Original JAMB certificate
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
- When the page opens Click on ‘LOG IN’ or ‘REGISTER NOW’ at top
right hand corner of the homepage. Create a new account or login with
your existing credentials if you already have a Jim Ovia Scholar