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For Africans: Here Are 10 Prestigious Masters Scholarships That Accept Lower Second Class or Third Class Yearly

If you are among a long list of students who have been wondering why there aren’t any scholarships for students with a degree in lower second class or Third class, keep reading.

Many of these scholarships are often sponsored by organisations or large families in conjunction with the granting universities. Those that offer them usually consider them an investment rather than a gift. It’s no wonder scholarships have very taut strings attached.

Some of the conditions for awarding these scholarships may include some or all of these:

  1. Academic merit
  2. Employment potential (absorbing student into the donor organisation after studies)
  3. Expectation of maintaining a certain grade point average
  4. Suitable career goal
  5. School or Organisation representation in activities
  6. Community/Region affiliation
  7. Leadership potential

Although finding scholarships that don’t take into account the academic merit of a student requires a lot of effort, it is possible to get scholarships with other considerations. Hence, here are 1o Masters degree scholarships offered annually to students with Lower Second Class or Third class. These scholarships are renewed every year. Therefore if the deadlines are passed, they will be updated in due time. If not, apply soon.

1. Australia Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students – with at least 3rd Class
Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.

2. Oregon State University International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Scholarship

Oregon State University, USA offers scholarships to international students in exchange for cultural services to OSU. The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) which began at OSU in 1983, has attracted many outstanding students from countries around the globe. Typically, students will be invited to speak at elementary, middle, and high school classes, university classes, civic and youth organizations, retirement homes, or church groups. Candidates are required to have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for $15,000 yearly scholarship.

3. University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships
University of Bradford Global Development Scholarship (formerly Countries in Crisis Scholarship) is intended to aid students in financial hardship due to crisis as a result of the political situation, war, natural disaster etc. Students from select countries (countries facing known world crisis) are invited to apply for these scholarships. To successfully apply for this scholarship, candidates are advised not to focus on their academic qualifications unless it is relevant to the scholarship application.

4. University of Portsmouth Masters Scholarship for Ghanaian and Nigerian Students (2.2 and above)
University of Portsmouth offers a number of scholarships to Ghanaian and Nigerian students who have applied for science related Masters courses at the University. The scholarships will be in the form of a 20% fee reduction from any tuition fee but please note, it cannot be taken in conjunction with any other fee reduction or bursary offered by the University. The scholarship is a one-off award towards a one year Masters fees and is non-renewable and only valid for study on the courses listed above.

Bonus: DeVry University International Postgraduate Scholarship. GPA 2.0 and Above
Award amounts are tiered according to student GPA and enrollment status (half time, three-quarter time or full time). The higher the cumulative grade point average (CPGA), the larger the award amount may be, reaching up to $2,500 per semester for full-time enrollment with a 3.25 GPA or higher for the scholarship. Students with a 2.5 – 3.25 GPA may earn up to $2,000 per semester.

5. Kenyan Government – University of Teesside Scholarships for Kenyan Scholars
In association with the Kenya High Commission for the UK, Teesside University offers three partial tuition fee scholarships to Kenyan Nationals, whether domiciled in Kenya or from the diaspora. Candidates should normally have an honours degree (at least 2.2) in an appropriate related discipline – petroleum engineering, geological qualifications, civil engineering qualification, mechanical engineering, geophysics, chemical engineering, petrophysics, physics, mathematics or chemistry.

6. Masters Scholarships for African Students at the University of Bedfordshire

This Scholarship scheme funded by the University of Bedfordshire is made in the form of a tuition fee discount. Students holding a four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised university or HE institution with a minimum GPA of 50% or equivalent will be considered for this scholarship

7. Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students at the University of Bristol 
The University of Bristol scholarship is open to students from developing countries including Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. All candidates must have achieved the equivalent of a British 2:2 in an undergraduate degree. Candidates must already hold an offer of a place on a full-time postgraduate programme at the University of Bristol.

8. UK- Roehampton University International Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship
Roehampton University UK, offers a wide range of Masters scholarships for international students including partial fee discounts for eligible students. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are automatically awarded to applicants according to their previous academic performance. Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships involve a fee discount of 20% to postgraduate students with high academic achievement in Bachelors degree and 15% to postgraduate students with good academic achievement.

9. University of Staffordshire New Merit Scholarships Available to International Students
As part of ongoing commitment to increase the number of high quality international students on campus at Staffordshire, the university has taken the decision to offer a range of generous Scholarships to international students from select countries in the world.

10. Northumbria University Masters Research Scholarship for International Students 
Northumbria University, the largest regional university in the UK, each year offers International Scholarships to incoming Masters students with at least an upper second class Honours degree (UK) or equivalent from an overseas university, or a Lower Second Class and a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

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