The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced an annual scholarship prize of N300, 000 for the winner of its 2017 edition of national quiz competition.
The announcement was made on Wednesday in Enugu at the South East zonal final of the competition by Mr. Nyong Nyong, who represented the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu.
He also announced the additional prizes for state winners in fulfilment of the corporation’s promise to also reward state winners. He said; “From this 2017 edition, the cooperation will be providing a one-off education grant of N100,000 each for all state winners of the competition. “A scholarship award of N300,000 per session will be granted to the overall winner of the competition while the second and third will receive N250,000 and N200,000 respectively per session for the duration of their courses,”
Mr Nyong revealed that among the winners in the 36 states and FCT, 15 were from public schools while 22 came from private schools and a total of 8 females were among them.
The NNPC quiz competition was inaugurated in 2000 and was exclusive to the Niger Delta for the maiden year but went national in 2001. Since inception, the competition has been keenly contested in English Language and the core science subjects of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Available records equally show that many of the previous winners ended up studying Science and Technology related courses records in line with corporation’s industry.
Interested secondary schools should visit their respective Local Government Area and register with the Education Department to be able to participate in the 2018 competition.