- 9 Finalists To Contest For N12.5m University Scholarship Prizes
After 15 weeks of high-octane quiz sessions, extremely entertaining and educative interactions among the students, the grand finale of the InterswitchSPAK 1.0 National Science Competition will be aired on AIT and Africa Magic Channel 154 today, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6pm and 7pm respectively.
The first edition of the InterswitchSPAK TV Quiz competition, a brainchild of Interswitch Group, a leading Pan-African electronic payment and digital commerce company, debuted on television stations across Africa on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Other television stations on which the show will be aired are: TVC Lagos, STV Jos, NTA Kano, EBS Edo, NTA Port-Harcourt, DBS Asaba and OSRC Akure.
The InterswitchSPAK Switch-a-Future Initiative was introduced to reward excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among Senior Secondary School students across Nigeria. The competition is targeted at SS2 (Year 11) students between the ages of 14 and 17 years.
For this competition, the company has broken boundaries to make a bold statement with its N12.5million worth of university scholarship prizes available to the winners. The first prize is N7.5million in tertiary education scholarship, spread over five years.
For Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Interswitch, the finals is a must-watch for everyone who is passionate about development.
She said: “In our world today, there is really no development outside of technology. And technology is an offshoot of STEM education. This is why we are inspiring and rewarding knowledge and excellence in STEM subjects with this competition. I look forward to the finals as it promises to be very exciting. The “Best Science Student in Nigeria” will emerge and our Group Managing Director/Founder, Mitchell Elegbe, will also be presenting the Founders Award to the winners of the Innovation Challenge.”
She explained that from the start of the project, the goal was to find gifted students in secondary schools and guide them to achieve their dreams, noting that the immediate objective is for each student to go away with the awareness of their capacity to do great things.
This bold CSR project is focused on driving increased interest in the study of STEM subjects among Senior Secondary School students across Nigeria.
Interswitch’s decision to give out prizes in the form of tertiary education scholarships, further buttresses the company’s commitment to improving lives through sustainable long-term investments.