Two successful applicants receive Dr Sylvia Meek scholarship in Nigeria
A partnership between Malaria Consortium and the University of Nigeria at Nsukka has seen two successful applicants for the Dr Sylvia Meek scholarship in Entomology receive their awards.
At a ceremony in Nsukka, Watentena Amos and Ongunkomaya Funmilayo were officially awarded their scholarships by Dr Maxwell Kolawole, West and Central Africa Programme Director for Malaria Consortium and representatives from the university.
The candidates will embark on a two-year Masters programme. They are the third and fourth students to be awarded the Scholarship following the induction of two students at Mahidol University in Thailand last year and a fifth student set to be enrolled at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in March.
The scholarship was set up in memory of the late Dr Sylvia Meek, a co-founder of Malaria Consortium and world-leading specialist in the field of malaria control, who passed away in 2016.
Meet the scholars
"Thank you Malaria Consortium and thank you to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. I truly appreciate everyone who contributed the money for this scholarship. I hope that I can be a part of the process that improves the quality of life for citizens worldwide. My goal is to learn more about vector biology to help eliminate vector borne diseases"
"It is a great honour to have been awarded the Dr Sylvia Meek scholarship in Entomology. I look forward to researching the role insects play in the spread of disease and discovering ways to control the life threatening risks they pose.”