About 900 Emirati students have applied for the Abu Dhabi Education Councilís (Adec) scholarship programmes for 2012-2013, and a good number of them have chosen to study engineering and medicine.
“This is a positive development since the scholarship programme was designed to direct learners to join the disciplines most required in the emirate,” said Mona Majed Al Mansoori, Adec’s Guidance and Scholarship Manager.
The Adec scholarship programme offers world-class opportunities for Grade 12 students who achieved a score of 85 per cent and above. “Scholars will study disciplines most required to meet the future job market needs of government and quasi-government institutions as per the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030,” stressed Al Mansoori.
Applicants take a test to get qualified for the scholarship. —Supplied photo
The Adec expects to receive more applications during the coming days and up to the conclusion of interviews on July 19. Scholarship disciplines in Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Accounting, Finance, Economics and Museum Studies can be pursued at any UAE universities.
Current university students can also apply for scholarships if they achieved a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completed 30 credit hours. In addition to university fees, a monthly stipend of Dh6,250 is given to single scholars in a private institution and Dh6,825 to those who are married.
Those who achieved a GPA of 3.6 and above will also receive a financial reward equal to two months’ stipend. Scholars are provided with academic guidance services throughout their study years and are assisted to get employment immediately after graduation.
Mariam Obaid Al Dhaheri, a graduate from Al Jahili School in Al Ain with 91.5 per cent score, is one of the hopeful applicants. She plans to study Chemical Engineering and hopes to work with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation or in renewable energy disciplines if granted the scholarship.
“Then, I will continue my post-graduate studies. I am eager to serve my country in the new areas that need qualified national staff,” Mariam said.
Khalid Abdullah Al Menhali, who graduated from Emirates Private School with 94.8 per cent, plans to pursue an Accounting degree primarily because few Emiratis are currently working in the financial areas, he said.
“I will study Electrical Engineering through the scholarship programme in order to serve my beloved country,” Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Maskari stated. Abdul graduated from Abu Dhabi School with 88.4 per cent grade.