The African Energy Chamber has launched its annual Energy Scholarship Award, an annual program aimed at supporting young individuals across Africa who are pursuing undergraduate studies in oil, gas and energy-related fields.
This year’s edition was announced in a statement obtained by EnergyDay on Thursday and released by
According to the statement, the application cycle for the AEC African Energy Education scholarship runs from June 2023 to 31 August 2023, while the recipients are to be announced at African Energy Week 2023, scheduled to hold between October 16-20, 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa.
NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC, in his remark said, “When we empower the next generation of energy leaders, we empower Africa. We believe that by empowering young individuals with knowledge and financial support, we are fostering a brighter future for the energy industry in Africa.
“Through this scholarship, we aim to recognize academic excellence, promote diversity, and provide valuable opportunities for young professionals to engage with industry leaders. Together, we can shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous energy landscape for Africa,” Ayuk stated.
Oneyka Cindy Ojogbo, Director, Centurion Law Group, who doubles as an advisory board member of the Chamber and Fund manager, in her remark stated, “The Energy Education Fund holds great promise for both students and Africa as a whole.
“By investing in the education and professional development of African students in the energy sector, we are fostering a new generation of skilled professionals who will play a crucial role in driving Africa’s energy transformation.
She further stated that the scholarship will not only empowers students to realize their full potential but also bolsters Africa’s capacity to meet the increasing demands of sustainable and new energy infrastructure and project development to improve energy access.”
The Chamber further noted that the funds come at a critical time when Africa is witnessing rapid advancements in gas and renewable energy, presenting immense opportunities for economic growth and environmental sustainability.
It said, “Recognizing the importance of harnessing these opportunities and equipping the next generation with the necessary knowledge and skills, we are committed to providing financial aid and educational resources to talented African students from South Africa to Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Namibia and across Africa pursuing studies in energy-related fields.
“Through strategic partnerships with educational institutions, the Chamber will offer scholarships, grants, and mentorship programs to deserving students on the continent and those studying in the diaspora. This holistic approach to support aims to nurture the brightest minds in the energy sector, enabling them to contribute effectively to the continent’s energy transition and project development landscape.
“By investing in education and professional development, the Fund aims to create a new generation of skilled professionals who will contribute to Africa’s energy transformation and project development including gas, nuclear, hydrogen another renewable energies projects.
“As an organization dedicated to improving the African energy sector and fostering a sustainable energy future for the continent, the Chamber recognizes the importance of investing in youth and supporting heightened participation and excellence.
“The Chamber firmly believes that the younger generation plays a pivotal role in shaping the industry and driving its development. Therefore, it is committed to supporting and empowering young individuals who demonstrate academic excellence and a passion for contributing to the energy sector.
The AEC Energy Education Fund 2023 recognizes and rewards 8 exceptional students, with special consideration given to female students.
EnergyDay further gathered that applicants for the award are expected to be under 35 years old, who are enrolled in undergraduate/postgraduate level studies in any oil, gas or energy-related field. The Chamber said that the selection process will primarily be based on academic excellence, ensuring that recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance in their studies.
In addition to the recognition and prestige associated with the AEC Energy Scholarship Award, the recipients will receive financial support ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. This funding is intended to ease the financial burden of pursuing higher education and enable the scholars to focus on their studies and professional development in the energy sector.
The application process for the AEC Energy Scholarship Award 2023 is officially open and interested candidates are encouraged to visit the AEC’s official website (www.energychamber.org) or contact email@example.com for further details and application guidelines.