Jim Ovia Scholarship: Guides, Requirements and How to Apply

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Jim Ovia Scholarship is one of the oldest scholarships in Nigeria that cater to excellent students’ financial needs. It was founded in 1998 by Mr. Jim Ovia.


Details of Jim Ovia Scholarship

Jim Ovia Scholarship is a nationwide program that aims to educate and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow who will advance Nigeria’s social and economic development. The program helps young Nigerians from economically underprivileged communities finish tertiary education in high quality and successfully transfer to postgraduate education or the job market in Nigeria.

The Jim Ovia Scholarship has helped a lot of Nigerians and helped them get on the path to success.

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Eligibility Criteria for Jim Ovia Scholarship

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The Jim Ovia Scholars program is accessible to Nigerian residents and citizens enrolled as full-time undergraduate university or college candidates. Graduate students pursuing their Masters and PhDs are also eligible for the Jim Ovia Scholars program. For both undergraduate and graduate students who apply, their tuition and living expenses for the duration of their programs will be covered.

Each year, 100 prize recipients are chosen from a pool of qualified candidates. Scholarships are given based on an applicant’s academic prowess, leadership potential, and willingness to advance society at large and better the lives of others.

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Benefits of Jim Ovia Scholarship

The Jim Ovia scholarship provides recipients with an annual scholarship fund of 150,000 Nigerian Naira, renewable for the full term of the recipient’s academic career. Please be aware that awards do not always automatically renew each year. Students who have received the Jim Ovia Scholarship in the previous year must submit a renewal application online. All qualified applicants who reapply and complete the requirements for a renewal scholarship will be awarded again.

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Necessary Documents for Jim Ovia Scholarship

a) A filled-out online application

b) A current government identification document, such as a driver’s licence, voter’s card, or international passport.

Please be aware that a birth certificate or certificate of origin will not be recognized as a legitimate form of identification. Only minors under the age of 18 who are unable to apply for a government ID will be exempt from this rule. In that case, for such minors, a birth certificate will be accepted in place of a government ID.

c) A formal, original letter from your school or head of department that is not a photocopy and states the following:

  • Complete name
  • Course Title
  • Department of Study
  • CGPA
  • Gender
  • Admissions number


  • A provisional admission letter must be presented to your institution of higher learning by newly matriculated students who have not yet been issued a matriculation number or school ID.
    Original secondary school transcript (WAEC or NECO)

e) The original JAMB certificate of results

f) A current student ID from your host university or college.

g) A photo in a passport

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How To Apply

Please be aware that the Jim Ovia Scholars Program only accepts online applications. Verbal recommendations and handwritten applications are not accepted.

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“Please GO TO THE HOME PAGE and ACCORDINGLY FOLLOW THE PROMPT FOR NEW BENEFICIARIES AND RETURNING BENEFICIARIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. All applicants must submit their online applications through our website to be eligible for the scholarship. Applications delivered in person or by mail will not be accepted. Calls about applications will not be accepted. Emails should be sent to [email protected] for all inquiries.”

Do you have trouble with your application? Are you an existing beneficiary and wishes to share some insights with others? Kindly use the comments. Thank you and good luck.

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