About the scholarship

The JMA scholarship provides up to N500,000 annually to widows who wish to obtain a first or advanced degree.

The scholarship may be used to pay for tuition and educational materials in the institution of your choice at home or abroad.

Josephine Modupe Aluko was widowed at the young age of 34 years and was a single parent to 5 young children.

She worked at the University of Ife, Nigeria (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) as a caterer for years, eventually working her way up to Catering Manager.

In her forties and with her adult children also studying at the same University, she enrolled in evening Law classes and was called to the bar (admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria) at the Law school at the age of 50 years. She practiced as a Lawyer for several years.

As she pursued her own dreams, she helped others pursue theirs. Many who passed through her home were beneficiaries of her generosity as she educated them alongside her children.

The scholarship was started in her memory to enable young widows accomplish their educational dreams. We hope recipients will pay it forward.


Eligibility Criteria:

Must have Nigerian Citizenship.

Must be a widowed single Mother

Proof of financial need.

Letter of acceptance at a credible institution at home or abroad.

A reapplying undergraduate applicant must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a new application completed annually(approval is not guaranteed).


Application Deadlines:

June 30th prior to the next academic semester.

December 30th prior to the next academic semester.


How to apply


Complete the application form.

*A (free) google account is required.


*A (free) google account is required.

Include a short video (of no longer than 5 minutes) explaining why you should get the scholarship. Include your educational objectives and short/long term goals.

Documents required:

Letter of acceptance at a credible institution at home or abroad.

Copy of marriage and death certificates.

Copy of passport/ID

Letters of recommendation (2)


If applicable

Certificate of graduation/bachelor’s degree

Standardized test scores

O’ level and JAMB results


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