NNPC/Total 2019-2020 National Merit Scholarship Scheme

It is here again; the NNPC/Total National Merit Scholarship Scheme for Nigerian Students in tertiary institutions. This scholarship is a merit based scholarship which means anyone can apply in as much as you satisfy/meet the minimum requirement. Thus, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd (TUPNI) in accordance of its corporate social responsibilty in the country is here by inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for its 2019-2020 National Merit Scholarship Scheme. 

This scholarship is targeted at improving the academic prowess and quality manpower in the country by giving assistance to qualified and selected candiidates. To apply for this scholarship, scroll down to the method of application and follow the steps, also ensure that the required documents are available because you will be required to upload them in due course. 

NOTE: This application portal shall last for only a month before the application portal is closed to applications, so hurry up and apply.

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About Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd (TUPNI)

Annually, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria (TUCN): Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (Total E&P Nig Ltd) and Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), together with their venture partners, award scholarships to deserving Nigerian students in the tertiary institutions in the country. The programme is aimed at promoting academic excellence and quality manpower development in the Country. This is one of the many ways TOTAL demonstrates its commitment to the educational development of Nigerian students. It is a part of TOTAL’s ri... read more

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TUPNI National Merit Undergraduate Scheme

Aim and Benefits of TUPNI National Merit Undergraduate Scheme

The following amount shall apply to the National Merit Scholarships Scheme:

  • Tertiary Student - N150,000 per Student per Academic Year

Requirements for TUPNI National Merit Undergraduate Scheme Qualification

To be eligible for consideration, you MUST:

  1. Be a Registered FULL TIME undergraduate in a recognized Nigerian University
  2. Be a certified 100 or 200 level student at the time of application
  3. Show proof of SSCE or Equivalent Certificate.
  4. Show proof of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) score.
  5. Show proof of Admission letter from the University and Matriculation Number
  6. Show proof of A-level or Equivalent Certificate (for direct entry students)

Note also:

  1. Students with less than 200 score in UTME need not apply
  2. Students with less than 2.50 CGPA of 5-point scale, or equivalent
  3. 300 level students and above need not apply
  4. Current beneficiaries of similar awards from any other Company or Government Agency need not apply

Criteria / Rules for Award:

  1. The CSR-Education Department, TUCN implements the National Merit Scholarship program in line with approved Procedure
  2. The National Merit Scholarship Award Scheme is an educational assistance for undergraduate students in recognized Nigeria universities
  3. All matriculated undergraduate regular students in their first or second year of study in recognized Nigerian universities are eligible to apply for the scholarship tests
  4. All candidates must supply their matriculation numbers and other relevant information from their Universities to be eligible for the award
  5. No scholarship is awarded to students on part time/sandwich programs
  6. The award is made to only those who are not holding similar scholarships from the industry
  7. The award is based on the result of a selection test to be administered by a National Examination body (WAEC or its equivalent)
  8. The award is effective for the current session of award but renewable for the remaining duration of the students’ program
  9. The award is only renewable upon the presentation of academic performance of a CGPA of not less than 2.5 on a 5 point scale or equivalent (e.g 50% of a 4 or 7 point scale), obtained in the previous academic session
  10. All awardees shall open an account in a Nigerian bank in their own name through which the scholarship payments shall be made. No awardee shall be paid in cash

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Interview date, Process and Venue for TUPNI National Merit Undergraduate Scheme

  1. An advertisement in the national newspapers and online shall kick start the process, calling prospective candidates to submit their applications. A nominal 4-week period is allowed for submission of applications
  2. Award letters are issued upon approval. Successful candidates must acknowledge and commit to the rules guiding the scheme
  3. Due diligence is carried out on the successful candidates to confirm all their data including student data and bank account details
  4. The successful candidates’ profiles are captured in the database
  5. An induction program may be organised for the new awardees to further highlight and enlighten them on the conditions of the scheme
  6. Payment are processed for the awardees in line with approved procedure

General Process:

  1. The call for submission of applications is publicized in the national dailies. It is also be online on Total website as well as on the Company Intranet
  2. All Scholarship awards are by merit selection after the intending beneficiary has presented himself/herself, sat for and passed the selection tests at the designated centres across the Country
  3. The application process is online
  4. A national Examination body administers, conducts and marks the selection examination and provides the tests results in a secure environment
  5. Selection tests is annual for that current academic session
  6. Student verification exercise is carried out from time to time students on the scheme.
  7. An Award letter signed by the Deputy Managing Director, DMD, of TUCN is the sole evidence of commitment of TUCN to the awardee. The beneficiary must return a fully signed Acceptance Form committing him/her to the regulations guiding the National Merit Scholarship Scheme
  8. Payment of the award is strictly into the beneficiary’s personal bank account. The first payments shall be made within two months of the award while the subsequent payments shall be upon receipt of annual school result of beneficiary.
  9. Beneficiaries are strictly first or second year students of tertiary institutions and must have completed all admission processes and have obtained duly signed university Admission/Offer Letter and/or Student Matriculation number
  10. No changes in the course of study, the location of study or the duration of course is entertained during the life of the National Merit Scholarship award. Any such change must be communicated in a written application and reviewed on its merit
  11. The National Merit Scholarship award is non-transferable and non-extendable. It is not a future Engagement Contract neither is any student under any Bond with the Company during or after the period of award

Documents Required for Application

  1. Upload all the documents required:
    1. Recent Passport Photograph
    2. Certificate or Proof of Origin
    3. Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE)
    4. UTME result
    5. JAMB/University Admission Letter
    6. 1st Year Result showing CGPA

Application Deadline

November 14, 2019

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd (TUPNI) on to apply
  1. Personal Information: Enter your name, date of birth and permanent home address Upload your recent passport photograph.
  2. Contact Information: Enter your email and mobile phone information. Only use an active email and mobile phone number.
  3. Origin: Enter your state and local government of origin data. You are required to upload a certificate or proof of origin from your local government or state.
  4. University Information: Select your university, course and year of study. You will be required to upload your JAMB/University admission letter.
  5. Result Information: Input your JAMB score or CPGA. You are required to upload your JAMB statement of result and university CPGA. For year two medical students, your JAMB score suffices.
  6. Review Application: Review your application ensure all fields have been correctly entered.
  7. Conclusion: Attest that all info given is true. Accept terms and condition. On screen alert will confirm that you have successfully completed the application. You will receive an email to confirm this too.


  1. To apply for thisapplication, please use either of these web browsers: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
  2.  Enter all your details correctly and cross check it before hitting the submission button as false details entered will lead to your disqualification from this scholarship scheme. Your scholarship if you are successful, will be withdrawn, if at any time it is discovered that you have given false statements on this application. And such false statements may constitute fraudulent activity.

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