In our country Pakistan education is given much importance. Pakistan is providing every opportunity to its students to get education and most importantly higher education. Brilliant students can get scholarships on merit bases and need base. Scholarships aided by different international forums are also awarded in Pakistan. Scholarship is the financial aid provided to students to get their studies completed on basis of different reasons and categories.
Every year new scholarships are introduced in Pakistan. Mostly the students of Graduate studies i.e. masters, PhD, M.Phil, level students are given overseas scholarships. HEC is also playing the role in bringing such aids in Pakistan to support Pakistani students in their higher studies.
Scholarships that are provided to students on base of their talent and their excellent academic results are merit base scholarships. The students who get these scholarships are the top scorer that is, they achieve some particular percentage in their exams and become eligible for this scholarship.
Private institutes in Pakistan have the rule of giving scholarships to their students scoring highest positions in class. The students start getting this scholarship from grade 1 but the only must thing is that they should be top 3 achievers of the class.
The students who are talented and have strong will to get education but due to financial down-fall or financial crisis are tending to stop getting education are now eligible to get these scholarships and continue their studies. In Pakistan HEC (higher education commission) has arranged for the students from rural areas from Pakistan who are most likely to leave their education due to financial problems to get these scholarships.
It has been decided to award 6000 scholarships in time period of 2013-2015. The main reason to do so is to increase percentage of educated people in Pakistan which is also helpful for betterment of Pakistan’s reputation.
At national level many universities and colleges offer different scholarships to the students. Higher education commission also announces local scholarships for needy students. Many national and multinational companies working in Pakistan also offer merit base scholarships to the talented students of Pakistan.
Numerous foreign institutions are offering exceptional scholarships to students from Pakistan on the basis of their outstanding academic performance. At Master level many foreign scholarships are offered to the students such as Common wealth scholarships, Fulbright scholarship program, Japanese, French, US need based scholarships and many others. Here I would like to give information about one of most popular international scholarship program which is Pak – USAID Merit & Needs Based Scholarship Program.
Pak – USAID Merit & Needs Based Scholarship Program
The Higher Education Commission in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been offering Scholarships of financially disadvantaged students to study Agriculture and Business Administration Programs since 2004. The USAID is committed to play its role in the progress and development of the higher education sector especially in the fields of energy, agricultural sector, economic development and humanitarian assistance.
The Pak-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Program Phase-II is focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education especially to under privileged candidates who, despite possessing academic merit, are unable to finance their education. The scholarship is not restricted to tuition only, but extends to accommodation and living expenses.
Objectives of the Scholarship:
The objectives of this scholarship is to enable the academically qualified, yet financially needy, Pakistani students to continue university studies in selected private and public universities of Pakistan in the fields of agriculture, medical, business, social science and engineering. It will enhance the institutional capacity of the Higher Education Commission of the Government of Pakistan and local public and private sector universities in designing and implementing MNBSP Phase II.
- The applicant must be a Pakistani/AJK National
- Financial assistance & scholarships are available for study at undergraduate and graduate level in the following disciplines at the selected 29 Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.
a. Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences
b. Business Administration
c. Social Sciences
d. Engineering & Technology
How to apply:
Students applying for admission and financial assistance will fill out both the applications and submit the form to the University Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office respectively. You can download the application form here and it is available at HEC website.