The chancellor, Eastern Palm University, Sen. Rochas Okorocha has announced plans to offer students with excellent academic performance in JAMB automatic scholarship into various departments in the university.
Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo state made this known in a chat with ABN TV on Wednesday.
He emphasised that those with special cases who by unforeseen circumstances cannot afford to go to school will be considered.
The federal lawmaker while stating that his Foundation, Rochas Okorocha Foundation is in talks with JAMB to organize this scholarship described education as a critical social infrastructure to drive development.
He also announced that at the moment, Eastern Palm University is offering free education to no fewer than 720 students at various departments, saying this is a way the Foundation is offering assistance to those who cannot afford the cost of education.
Okorocha also said the aim of establishing the university is to help the Foundation actualize its mandate of training children of the poor to the university level, adding that it is more cost effective than enrolling them in universities that do not belong to the Foundation.
While announcing that benefiting students can approach the Rochas Foundation headquarters or register online, Okorocha said JAMB will play a critical role in choosing those who will access the scholarship.
He said there is an effort to strike a balance between states with few representation in the Foundation’s scholarship program and those with higher representation, stating that the scholarship will be based on state by state.
Okorocha while insisting that this offer is only for Jambites also said if there are strong verifiable reasons or circumstances of life for which any student who is already in the school cannot continue, the Foundation can incorporate them into their scholarship program.
He expressed his resolve to make the two-year-old university one of the bests in Africa.
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