Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship Programme Schemes

In this article we will take you through on the Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship Programme Schemes ranging from the cradle to to career scholarships to the university level of the scholarship to help you apply for the one you are suited for.

Education, as all parents and guardians admit, is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies to bequeath to individuals, groups and society. That has been the belief of Shell Nigeria since 1952. In 2014, $14.8 million was invested in scholarships by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo).

Shell’s support for educational development involves assisting host communities to provide sustainable and qualitative education that ultimately reaches all the people. This involves active consultation at all stages of development planning, implementation and evaluation, with all stakeholders.


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Below are the Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship Programme Schemes

The shell Nigeria company takes care of students scholarships and internships programmes as well and below are the schemes for each of them.

University Scholarship Scheme

The University Scholarship Scheme, a programme run by SPDC on behalf of the NNPC/Shell/Elf/Agip Joint Venture, makes a quiet but very profound commentary on the company’s interest in the promotion of capacity building in the country.

Every year, more than 4,000 Nigerian undergraduates write aptitude tests to join the evergrowing list of students which Shell Nigeria supports in Nigerian Universities. The applicants for Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship are shortlisted on the basis of the national SSCE and JAMB examination results. This is followed by an aptitude test at the PortHarcourt, Warri, Enugu, Lagos and Abuja centres.

There are two categories of the Scholarship Scheme, the National Merit Award (NM), open to Nigerian undergraduates and Areas of Operation Merit Award (AOM), for students from communities in which Shell Nigeria operates. Only first year students are eligible for the awards in both categories.

An average of 16,000 applicants respond to advertisements by Shell Nigeria every year, inviting qualified candidates to apply for the scholarships which are tenable only in Nigerian Universities.

Secondary School Scholarship

The Shell Nigeria Secondary School Scholarship Scheme is for host communities in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo and Rivers states.

Every year, an average of 2,600 post-primary scholarships are awarded in the seven states. The Secondary School Scholarship Scheme is to help students pay through school, as well as enhance academic achievement in host communities.

The Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship scheme, which is also a welcome relief for many parents and guardians in the education of their children, has become so popular that annually, thousands of parents and children look forward to it as a golden opportunity.

Indeed, it has today become a welcome feature of educational development, especially in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.

Cradle-to-Career Scholarship

The Cradle-to-Career Scholarship is an all-inclusive scholarship programme that provides opportunities for brilliant pupils of less-privileged background to attend reputable secondary schools in Nigeria.

The Cradle-to-Career scheme Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship is designed to bridge educational inequalities resulting from geographic and socio-economic difference as well as help to enhance high literacy level in the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general.

There are two categories of the Scholarship Scheme;

  1. The SPDC JV Cradle-to-Career Scholarship scheme managed by Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) on behalf of the joint venture.Started since 2010, candidates are selected from key Niger Delta States of Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta. Three hundred and fifty (350) talented students are already enrolled in quality secondary schools.
  2. The National Cradle-to-Career Scholarship scheme, managed by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) on behalf of itself, its co-venture partners and the NNPC.Candidates are selected from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, out of which the best three (3), who also meet all other award criteria are awarded the scholarship.The scheme is in its second year with 60 beneficiaries already placed in very good private secondary schools.

Shell Nigeria Cradle-to-Career scholarship has received several local and international commendations. At the 2011 United Nations (UN) Innovations Fair in Geneva, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon described the scheme as “a landmark initiative” and acknowledged its impressive contributions to educational development in the Niger Delta and Nigeria.

Student Internship/Research

Open primarily to talented Nigerian Postgraduate Students in Nigerian Universities but in exceptional cases to Nigerians in Overseas Universities.

The Research Internship programme provides the framework for the direct transfer of practical and current industry experience to Nigerian university research students. With the understanding of their university-appointed supervisors, graduate students (MSc, Ph.D) spend a year in Shell to conduct research on the E&P challenges of the Company.

The research reports produced by the interns at the end of the internship are adapted for presentation to their universities for the award of higher degrees. Shell offers approximately 20 research internship appointments yearly. Emoluments given to the interns cumulate to N50 million annually. A number of interns have taken up appointment with Shell on completion of their studies.

For more details about the Shell Nigeria Students Scholarship click here for guides on application as well

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