Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, United States of America says the selection of the beneficiaries of the Bayelsa State scholarship scheme will not be politically motivated.
Out of the over 5,000 undergraduate students that sat for the examination conducted by the State Scholarship Board two weeks ago in Yenagoa, eighty students have been shortlisted for the next stage.
Briefing the newsmen, the representatives of the University, Professors Evelyn Poe and Connie Lundy said the University in collaboration with the Scholarship Board would ensure a hitch free selection process.
Professor Poe noted that the University, globally is known for its academic excellence and transparency, adding that this would be brought to bear in the final selection of the sixteen beneficiaries that would be drawn from the eight local government areas of the state.
She disclosed that the eighty shortlisted candidates would be made to write mathematical aptitude test on Wednesday, 27th November, 2013 while oral interview will come up later.
Successful candidates according to the University don are expected to jet out of the country in January after a fitness test.
The University don lauded the efforts of the present administration in making education its topmost priority, adding that successful Bayelsa students would not regret making the University their choice.
Notable African leaders including Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had passed through the institution founded in 1854.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the State Scholarship Board, Mr. Foster Ogola explained that issues of gender was considered in the selection process as women would be given their fair share in line with the 35 per cent affirmative action stressing that by Friday, the online test will take place.
Mr. Ogola also pointed that oral interview will be conducted next Saturday to further shortlist the successful candidates.
“As a result of the transparency methodology that we have adopted, all the students were satisfied with the conduct of the scholarship board. Not one petition of ‘my question was harder or I was not allowed enough time’ came up. The marking scheme too was very diligent because educationists were part of the process and the board is loaded with such personalities.”