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How to Qualify for a Scholarship as a Nigerian

As a Nigerian, you may try to get into a school abroad but fear that the financial implications might limit you. You opt for applying for scholarships, and you are also having doubts about that because you are thinking, well, there are many other people as qualified as I am, so why would they pick me? 

Well, you are not entirely wrong for having that thought because there really are, maybe, a thousand people out there who are as qualified as you are and have the same grades as you do or even better. And guess what? Thousands of Nigerians apply for these scholarships yearly, and only about a hundred get picked. You may ask, what makes them stand out or if they have two heads like our Nigerian parents would say. The truth is that they do not have more than one head. However, they have a winning Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose. Yes, that makes the ideal applicant stand out!

The Personal Statement is the backbone of every scholarship application, as the strength of your application lies in the quality of your Personal Statement. You have looked at the requirements for the scholarship you want to apply for, and you tick all the boxes. Congratulations to you, but as we have established previously, many others also meet these criteria, especially Nigerians. So what do you do? As a Nigerian, allow us to use this phrase, no gree for anybody! You write a winning Personal Statement describing, in detail, what makes you stand out from other applicants. 

How to Write a Personal Statement for Scholarship Application as a Nigerian?

Showcase your unique spark: Don’t just list accomplishments; breathe life into them! Share pivotal experiences that shaped your academic ambitions and personal values. Were you the captain of your debate team, using logic and passion to champion causes? Did you volunteer at a Non-Profit Organization or ignite a desire to pursue social justice? Tell your story in a way that resonates with the reader.

Connect the dots: Demonstrate how your past experiences, whether academic, volunteering or professional, align with the program you are applying for and your future aspirations. Did you win a science fair award? Highlight your research skills and tie them to your desire to study engineering. Did you volunteer with children? Show your nurturing side and connect it to your dream of becoming a teacher. Make the scholarship committee see that this program is the next logical step in your journey.

Paint a compelling future: Don’t just talk about what you’ve done; share your vision for the future. How will this program empower you to make a difference in the world? What are your long-term goals, and how will this scholarship help you achieve them? Showcase your ambition and inspire the committee to invest in your potential.

Beyond academics

Scholarships aren’t just about grades. Highlight your leadership skills, community involvement, or unique talents. Did you organize a fundraising event? Are you a talented musician or athlete? Share these experiences to present a well-rounded picture of who you are as a person.

Remember, scholarships are an investment. By crafting a compelling personal statement, you show the committee you’re not just deserving but an exceptional candidate with the potential to excel and make a positive impact. So, go forth, write your story, and unlock the doors to your academic dreams!

While crafting your compelling story, please remember to remain authentic and avoid clichés and generic statements. Be genuine and specific, and let your personality shine through. Also, grammar matters, so proofread meticulously for typos and grammatical errors. A polished statement reflects professionalism. Finally, seek guidance. Get feedback from teachers or mentors, basically, anyone you trust when it comes to stuff like this. A fresh perspective can make a difference.


While concluding and expressing gratitude to the scholarship committee is appropriate, avoid overly flattering language. Let your genuine passion and achievements speak for themselves. By incorporating these tips and focusing on your unique story and aspirations, you can craft a personal statement that captures the hearts (and minds). Remember, your voice matters, and your potential deserves to be recognized. So, unlock your creativity, tell your story, and watch your study abroad dreams become a reality!

Ready to start your scholarship application? Click here for the types of scholarships you can apply to as a Nigerian.

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