Nine outstanding students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) have floored students from several other universities in the country to emerge winners of two scholarship awards, namely UNESCO International Centre for Biotechnology and Oba Dr. Enitan Ogunwusi Adeyeye, Ooni of Ife scholarship awards, 2022.
While Oke Emmanuel Omotola, a final year student of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, FUOYE, emerged the second best among 15 students from various universities who won the Ooni of Ife scholarship awards, Tijani Abdulmalik Damilare, from Physics Department, also made the list of the 15 awardees.
The other seven, Oluwaseun Aletile, David Oyerinde, Bunkumi Odukoya, Oluwaseun Ajayi, Eniola Alabi, Temidayo Olofinlade and Ayenigba Emmanuel Oluwaseyi, made the Ivory Tower greatly proud by getting scholarship awards from the UNESCO International Centre for Biotechnology at the Nigerian National Merit Award Secretariat, Abuja, on April 1st, 2022.
More significant about the outstanding performance of these academic wizards is the fact that FUOYE alone had produced six out of the 10 undergraduate Nigerian students who were awarded by the global body. The seventh of them, Ayenigba, from the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, is a post graduate student of FUOYE.
UNESCO International Centre for Biotechnology is an arm of the United Nations and in its bid to promote scientific discovery among university students across the world, it called for scholarship applications from eligible students last year.
The scholarship opportunity was open to Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) holders all over the world and thirteen FUOYE students, twelve from the department of Biochemistry and a graduate student from the department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, registered for the opportunity around the 4th of November, 2021.
The six winning FUOYE undergraduates are all in 400 level of the Department of Biochemistry and they revealed that they had the opportunity to participate in the scholarship programme through encouragement from their department.
The students said further that they would eternally be grateful to the Management of FUOYE, ably led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, for providing enabling teaching and learning environment which prepared them for the task.