Congratulations are in order for Hawwah Jiddare, from Kano state, who just won the much coveted Chevening Scholarship in the United Kingdom. Hawwah is already in the United Kingdom, pursuing a Masters Degree in Digital Broadcasting Journalism.
The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship scheme which enables students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom. Funding for the scheme comes from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its partner organisations.
The Chevening Scholarships Programme commenced in 1983 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme (FCOAS) and is funded by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its partner organisations.
The stated objective of the scheme is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries. In 1994, the name of the scheme was changed to Chevening, after Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the British Foreign Secretary and the British Deputy Prime Minister.
A companion Chevening Fellowships Scheme was launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2004.