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Monday, 11 May 2015

USAID Funded Merit and Need Based Scholarships 2015

USAID Scholarship 2015-16:

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been providing Scholarships since 2004, to economically deprived students who wanted to study in the fields of Agriculture and Business Administration . The USAID is dedicated to contribute for the development and progress of the higher education ; particularly it is playing its vital role in the fields of humanitarian support, agricultural sector, energy and economic development . Higher Education Commission (HEC) aspires to improve the socio-economic conditions of the needy & deserving students by giving accessibility to quality education by needs-based scholarships. Government of Pakistan (GOP) has accordingly accredited that the economic barriers restrain the deserving students from obtaining their higher education. Therefore, they allocated heavy grants to improve in education sector.
Introduction to Scholarship Providing Body:
The scholarship award is offered by HEC/Government of Pakistan. HEC (Higher education commission) is a self governing, independent body that provides financial support, regulates and administers the higher education promotion in Pakistan.
Objectives of Scholarships:
  • To give the scholarship opportunities to brilliant students who are financially underprivileged and are not capable of paying higher education expenses at 11 partner institutions/universities in business and agriculture fields.
  • To offer opportunities to academically eligible, but financially needy, Pakistani students who wish to carry on their higher studies in HEC  partner universities of Pakistan in the study fields of agriculture and business administration. Particularly, it includes those students who come from rural, neglected and remote  areas of Pakistan, these areas are: (FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Southern Punjab, Balochistan, and Northern Sindh).
  • To help in improving the institutional capabilities of the Higher Education Commission and to provide help to local,private and public universities to design and implement need and merit based scholarship Projects.
  • To give an opportunity to the underprivileged female students who come from  rural areas and wish to pursue  their Higher Education.
Reward:
The scholarship program offers financial aid for the following expenses:
  • Tuition Fee
  • Living expenses
  • Traveling expenses
  • Books allowance
  • Other Academics expenses
Duration:
Not mentioned
Level of  Study:
Undergraduate & Graduate Programs
Number of Scholarships:
1807 total
757 for undergraduates
1050 for graduates
Application Deadline Date:
Undefined
Fields of Study:
  • Agriculture
  • Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering. Tech
Host Country:
Pakistan
Host Institutions:
11 HEC recognized institutions/universities in Pakistan
Eligibility:
  • USAID Funded Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship are available for the students of undergraduate & graduate levels in the approved fields (Agriculture Sciences & Business Administration). These are offered at the Partner Pakistani Universities.
  • Students will have to get their admission in the selected subject fields offered at the participating universities according to admission policy and must have registered themselves in Undergraduate / Graduate programs.
  • Those students would be eligible , must register themselves in first professional year in their selected courses provided by the participating institutions.
  • The candidates must be from Pakistan’s  rural areas
  • The candidates would be eligible if they are needy for this scholarship as it will be evaluated by their financial background of family.
Preferred Areas:
The preferred areas for the financial aid & awards are:
Emphasized Geographical Locations:
The priority is given to remote  areas with special importance  given to deprived and deserving male & female students (with 25% female seats) at national level from Khyber Pukhtunkhawa, North Sindh, FATA, Southern Punjab, and Balochistan.
Links to geographical areas:
  1. KPK & FATA   
  2. PUNJAB    
  3. BALOCHISTAN 
  4. SINDH
  5. AJK & GB
How to Apply For Scholarship:
The eligible students can get  Application Forms from the Financial Aid Office (FAO) which are available at the participating Institution. But forms can also be downloaded online.
The students must submit the Scholarship Forms to FAO office after completion along with supporting documents.
HEC Need based scholarship program application form Download: Scholarship Application
Terms & Conditions
HEC & USAID want to support the needy students who can’t afford educational expenses. However, it is important to  be remembered that HEC or USAID won’t give the financial aid to students directly under this scholarship program . These grants will be  given to deserving  students by participating Universities.
Official Links:
Official HEC Website.

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