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Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) Inaugural Essay Contest

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) Inaugural Essay Contest

All year 3-5 university students attending a Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) partner university are eligible for the essay contest. NHEF partner universities include Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University, University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Port Harcourt.   The NHEF will verify the enrollment of each entrant with the university’s registrar. Students who have family members serving as contest judges are not eligible to participate.

Topic

The Role of Higher Education in Strengthening Democracy in Nigeria.

Organizer

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF)

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) Inaugural Essay Contest

Prizes

Three students from each partner university will receive N16, 000. In addition, a first-, second- and third- place winner will be selected. The third-place winner will receive N32, 000, the second-place winner will receive N48, 000 and the first-place winner will receive N80, 000.

Deadline

February 28, 2015.

Guidelines

  • All essay contest winners must provide a clear a 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size photo and a 100 word autobiography of themselves.
  • Essays may be published in NHEF mediums and publications, with appropriate citation given to the author.
  • Students must submit all essays on or before the contest due date on February 28, 2015.
  • No literary form other than an essay will be accepted.
  • Each essay must reflect the contestant’s own research, writing and original thinking.
  • Only one (1) essay may be submitted by each contestant.
  • Each essay must include a title page, a bibliography and a scanned copy of the contestant’s current student ID.
  • The title page must include the following information:
    • author’s name
    • author’s student/registration ID #
    • school name
    • author’s enrollment year in school
  • NHEF will verify the enrollment of each contestant with the university registrar.
  • Essays must be typed.
  • The student’s registration ID# MUST appear on the top of each page (header) of the essay text.
  • The essay text is limited to 500 words, double-spaced, 12-point font, and single-sided, numbered pages with one-inch margins. The title page, bibliography and header are not included in the 500 word count.
  • References in the essay should be included and clearly identified.
  • Submit your essay via e-mail at essay@thenhef.org
  • Entries must be submitted on or before the contest due date on February 28, 2015.
  • Essays will become property of the NHEF.  The NHEF may reprint the essays in its mediums and publications. Appropriate citations will be given to the writers of all essays.
  • The NHEF will judge the essays using five criteria: Comprehension(1-20 points), Organization (1-20 points), Conclusions (1-20 points), Writing (1-20 points), Creativity  (1-20 points)

Inquiries

All questions may be directed to essay@thenhef.org

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