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JIM OVIA Foundation Leaders Scholarships For African Undergraduates 2019/2020

JIM OVIA Scholarship – Applications are currently invited for the JIM OVIA Foundation Leaders Scholarships for African Undergraduates 2019/2020. The Scholarship is intended to create a sense, of hope to dreams of African Undergraduate students.

The Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship (JOFLS) is a definitive partnership between the Jim Ovia Foundation and AAI that will have a long-term impact on creating a better and brighter future for young Africans.

This scholarship is made possible through the generous philanthropy of the Jim Ovia Foundation and is currently offered through Ashesi University in Ghana and Covenant University in Nigeria

Through their partners, Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship will provide comprehensive scholarships to select high achieving students, from under resource backgrounds, a full education that will provide them with the necessary skills for a dynamic and innovation-driven career.

Ashesi University

Ashesi University

The mission of Ashesi University is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa. Started in 2002, Ashesi is now recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher education in Africa, with an educational experience proven to prepare students for successful lives and careers.

The University is recognized for its excellent graduate placement, with almost 100% of graduates receiving job offers, starting businesses or entering graduate school within six months of graduation. Ashesi’s graduates are considered as some of the most career-ready in Africa and are ranked among the best educated in the world by employers.

In 2017, Ashesi was awarded the World Innovation Summit in Education Prize, one of the world’s biggest prizes in education, for its impact on higher education in Africa. In 2018, Ashesi was also awarded a Charter by the President of Ghana, granting it full independence as a nationally recognized degree-granting institution. It was the youngest university to have been granted a Presidential Charter in Ghana’s history, a rare accomplishment.

Ashesi offers a four-year bachelors programme grounded in a multidisciplinary core curriculum, featuring majors in Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

With an academic program designed in collaboration with some of the world’s best universities and organisations, Ashesi continues to shape an educational experience like no other in Africa.

Covenant University

Covenant University

Covenant University (CU) is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is a private Christian university, affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities and National Universities Commission. Over the years, Covenant University has grown to be one of the leading universities from Nigeria based on annual rankings from various organizations, scholarly citations from reputable journals and JAMB statistics.

Covenant University academic programmes run in four Colleges namely College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS), College of Leadership Development Studies (CLDS), College of Engineering (COE) and College of Science and Technology (CST). School of Postgraduate Studies Covenant University runs postgraduate programmes in the entire courses listed above.

Its sports facilities are swimming pool, football pitch, lawn tennis, table tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, etc. Covenant University is also one of the affiliated universities of the Nigeria Private University Games Association.

Covenant University is a leading private institution in Nigeria based on the number of prospective students/applicants that seek to get admitted; Its admission requirements cited scholarly journals and annual rankings. In January 2015, it was ranked as the best university in Nigeria according to Webometrics.

What you need to know about the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship

Through our various programmes, the Jim Ovia Foundation aims to equip the future of our African community by increasing the knowledge base and skills of our youths. the Jim Ovia Foundation has supported thousands of college students and entrepreneurs through provision accessible grants and scholarships.

The Jim Ovia Scholars Program was founded since 1998. It’s fully funded by Mr. Jim Ovia, to give financial assistance to exceptional Nigeria youths. The scholarship once was known as the MUSTE scholarship. Eligible awardees are supported for their undergraduate and graduate study through the length of their program which also includes tuition and maintenance fees.

The program offers an average of 100 opportunities annually for new applicants while renewing applicants are also supported yearly, this depends on meeting all eligibility requirements of the scholarship. Since October 2010, Mr. OVIA has invested over 100 Million Naira in this program to encourage 1500 beneficiaries and counting.


In establishing the Jim Ovia Scholarship,” Mr. Ovia expected to create a network of future leaders within Nigeria who are able to compete internationally with their peers, bring fresh ideas,  creativity and are committed to improving the lives and circumstances of people in their respective communities.

Scholarships are given on the basis of intellectual ability, leadership capability and also a desire to utilize their wisdom to contribute to society throughout Nigeria by providing service to their community and applying their own knowledge and talent to improve the lifestyles of the others.

Over time it’s estimated the Jim Ovia Scholarship beneficiaries will become leaders in helping to address challenges related to health, technology, and fund, all areas in which the foundation is deeply engaged.

Level/ Field of Study:

The Scholarship is meant for students pursuing Undergraduate Studies in any course of study in any public Higher Institution in Ghana. The Applicant must be pursuing any choice course.

Host Nationality:

The Scholarship is hosted by the Jim Ovia Foundation and to be taken at Ashesi University in Ghana and Covenant University in Nigeria

Eligible Nationality:

The scholarship is open to all African students. 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. 

Scholarship Benefits:

The Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship will provide the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive Scholarships: the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship will provide tuition, room, and board for undergraduate study.
  • Career Support and Opportunities: Scholarship recipients will receive career counseling and support while still students and also after graduation.
  • AAI Global Alumni Network: Recipients of the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship will graduate into one of the most prestigious alumni networks. AAI Alumni include prominent leaders in many sectors around Africa and the Globe and includes two sitting Presidents. Scholarship recipients will be connected to this network for potential opportunities, mentorship and the ability to collectively continue towards developing the continent.

Who IS Eligible for The Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship

Students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of an African country, residing in Africa
  • Exhibit strong academic record and penchant for high-achievement
  • Demonstrate a Financial Need
  • Present an active record of youth leadership within his/her community
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level by the University.

Application Deadline:

The scholarship is currently not ongoing. but we shall keep you informed on the new date.

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