There are basically 7 documents you must have before applying for undergraduate scholarships.
These documents are very important for the purpose of screening and verification of students who send in applications for the specified scholarship. However, scholarship awarding organizations demand for some or all of these documents. But it is pertinent to have all handy in case you are required to present these documents. In no particular order, they are:
1. Passport: Most often, scholarship management organizations in charge of screening scholarship applicants give size, color and age of the passport required for the scholarships application. For example, Scholastica requires a white – background passport not more than 3 months old and of size 450 X 450.
2. Admission Letter: To be awarded an undergraduate scholarship, students must provide an evidence proving they have accepted the admission that had been offered by the institution. The Admission letter can either be from JAMB or from the school. Although sometimes, some awarding bodies specify the actual admission letter they require.
3. O’level Result: Virtually all scholarships demand O’level result for their application. The O’level results include WASSCE, GCE, NECO and NABTEB. Although all these belong to O’level, some scholarship schemes demand that the O’level result must be WASSCE or any of the above mentioned in one sitting. Scholarships like Mobil demand 5 A1 while Federal Government Bilateral Scholarship demand 5 Distinctions in relevant courses including English and Mathematics.
4. JAMB Result: Obviously students who have been offered provisional admission into a higher institution must have gone through the scrutiny of Jamb Admission and Matriculation board scoring at least 180 and above. Many Nigerian scholarship awarding bodies request for students’ JAMB result for application. Some scholarship demand JAMB score of 60% and above of JAMB total score.
5. Local Government of Origin Identification: Nearly all awarding bodies of undergraduate scholarships request the Certificate of Local Government of Origin from applicants. This is very important when it comes to scholarships that are location based for example, some scholarships are tailored to award specific students from a particular local community or state; therefore the Local government of origin identification becomes a requirement.
6. School ID card: School ID is one credential almost all the undergraduate scholarships require from students but unfortunately, most schools don’t issue the school ID on time and as a result, many students are sometimes discouraged from applying, especially when they do not have adequate information. Where this is not available, applicants are advised to upload a document that identifies them as a student of that institution, for example, a library card, or a course form duly signed and stamped by the HOD, as specified by Scholastica.
7. Birth Certificate: Basically, all online applications or registrations contain the field that requires you to fill in your “DATE OF BIRTH”. And to back up your claim, you are required to upload a birth certificate. And where birth certificate is not available, an age declaration affidavit can also be used.
Students are advised to enroll for any scholarship they are eligible for so long as such students passed JAMB, or have been admitted through Direct Entry and are bonafide students of the institution and meet all other requirements.