THE URHOBO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
"URHOBO IN AMERICA OFFER SCHOLARSHIP"
"THE Urhobo in North America (TUNA) have announced entries for the 2001/2002 scholarship awards. In an interview with The Guardian, the president-general of TUNA, Mr. Harry Ofurhie, said that the scholarships are for the disciplines of Science, Engineering, Humanities and Medicine.
"The scholarship covers expenses for tuition, books, travel, room and board as well as incidental expenses. Explaining the pre-requisites, Mr. Ofurhie added that an awardee must be an Urhobo student at the 200 level and above in Nigerian universities. Recipients must maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4 to retain the offer.
"Forms for the scholarship are obtainable at all the Urhobo Local Government council headquarters and the Secretariat of the Urhobo Progress Union on Okere Road, Warri. Completed forms are to be returned by 30th May while a selection interview will follow soon thereafter.
"This is the second time TUNA is offering scholarships. The first set of awardees was made for beneficiaries at the Delta State University, Abraka, for Library Studies, Accounting and Economics. The lucky pioneers are to graduate this academic year.
"TUNA, founded in 1993, has been active in promoting intellectual and professional advancement of the Urhobo at home and in diaspora.
"With membership in the United States and Canada, TUNA is devoted to positioning Urhobo in their quest for cultural identity and sovereignty in the competitive global community. TUNA sponsors regular artistic and intellectual encounters to showcase the aesthetic excellence and values of Urhobo civilisation in order to induce the younger generation to be interested in sustaining the traditions of enterprise, innovation and tolerance for what the Urhobo are known world-wide.
"The TUNA leadership, Mr. Ofurhie, recalled, also sponsored
the Chief Mukoro Mowoe-Clarke scholarships in 1998. The association, he
said, owns part of the coalition of the Urhobo National Forum which hosted
the Mukoro Mowoe 50th year memorial events in North America that year.
In Ofurhie's view, TUNA is set to break new grounds in charity and philanthropic
work, adding that plans have been concluded to sponsor a Delta State Secondary
School Soccer Tournament next year in
collaboration with the state government."