West Africa Scholarships

Jim Ovia scholarship for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

Jim Ovia scholarship scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities each year for new applicants while renewing applicants are supported annually, conditional on meeting all eligible requirements of the scholarship. This scholarship is fully funded by Mr. Jim Ovia to provide financial aid to outstanding Nigeria youths. The scholarship was previously known as the MUSTE scholarship. Eligible awardees are supported for their undergraduate and graduate study for the duration of their program and it includes tuition and maintenance allowances.

The purpose of the 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

(1) The scholarship is open to all potential students of Nigerian citizenship.

(2) Scholarships are awarded on the basis of:

(i) Personal intellectual ability

(ii) Leadership capability

(iii) A desire to contribute to society at large to improve the lives of others.

New Applicant’s documentation:

a)    Completed online application

b)    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 minors.

c)    An official original letter (not photocopied) letter from your school/Head of Department stating the following:

  • Your full-name
  • Course Title
  • Department of Study
  • CGPA
  • Gender
  • 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.

d)    Original Secondary School Certificate (WAEC or NECO)

e)    Original JAMB certificate

f)     A valid student ID for your host institution (University/College)

g)    A passport photograph

How to apply

To apply login to www.jimoviafoundation.org

Click on create account if you are a new user

A mail will be sent to you where you will continue with your application

The deadline for the current application cycle is September 15 to November 15 every year.

The worth of the scholarship is 150,000 Nigerian Naira, renewable for up to the entire duration of the beneficiary’s educational tenure.

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