The Kaduna State Scholarships and Loans Board on Monday said all applicants for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 scholarships would write Computer-Based Tests (CBT).
Speaking at a news conference in Kaduna, the Executive Secretary, Malam Hassan Rilwan, said the portal for bursary and scholarship applications for the academic seasons was open.
He disclosed that there were four scholarship packages, which included merit-based, need- based as well as people living with disabilities and sports.
He said all applicants would be expected to write an essay of personal statement following which they would write a test as part of the evaluation process.
He added that the Board would work with a group, Knowledge for the Blind Initiative, to serve as accreditation centre for blind candidates, adding that, “the merit-based package requires the excellent performance of the applicant, after the initial filings, for a candidate to be eligible.”
Malam Hassan also said the Board would conduct an eligibility assessment for candidates applying under the need-based package and that”for the bursary package, payment is ongoing for the 2017/2018, 2018/2019 sessions, while the portal is now open for the 2019/2020 academic session.”
‘’Candidates can be evaluated in English, French and Arabic so as to deepen the inclusion process and make room for as many eligible candidates as possible,’’ Malam Hassan clarified.
He also said applicants must determine whether or not they were actually in the need-based category, by presenting the Bank Verification Number (BVN), their parents BVN as well as the Tax Identification Number (TIN), for them to be eligible.
He advised people living with disabilities to go to a government-recognised hospital to obtain a medical certificate, stating the disability, to be eligible for the scholarship, while those applying under the sports category would require letters of attestation from their school’s sports department.