Top 10 Scholarships for Second Class Lower (2.2) Graduates – After School Africa

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Graduating with a second-class lower degree can be quite discouraging. It can be difficult to get a job because most employers demand a higher grade. The general perception of graduates with a second-class lower degree is that they were unserious students; which is not always the case.
There’s the headache to get accepted to study for Master’s degree or even a scholarship. Quite frankly, getting a scholarship with 2:2 grade is more difficult. But if we don’t find them for you, who will?
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So cheer up!
We’ve rummaged the web to find scholarship opportunities you can take a shot at with a second-class grade point. So sit back and let’s give you a rundown of 10 Scholarships for Second Class Lower Graduates. This post was also published as a video on our YouTube channel – After School TV. Subscribe to After School TV to continue exploring opportunities and watching other videos like this below:
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The Commonwealth shared scholarship scheme allows students from Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK to benefit from graduate study at a University in the UK. The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered annually for Master’s study.
You must hold a first degree of either first or upper second class classification, or lower second class classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification. What this means is that if you hold a 2:2 and have undertaken a master’s degree, you will be eligible to apply for second master’s degree on scholarship.
Mundus MAPP is a two-year-long international joint Masters program in Public Policy, offered by  four top-ranked European institutions: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary), International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain) and the University of York (UK). Established in 2007, the program operates as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Program funded by the European Commission. For all tracks of the program, candidates need to have a bachelor’s degree with at least class 2.2 (Lower Second class), or equivalent.
Brunel University, a public university in the UK awards scholarships to EU and Non-EU students who wish to have a Masters in the fields of Structural Integrity or Oil and Gas Engineering. The scholarship is open to all students with a minimum of 2.2 UK honor or international equivalent. Benefits include a £12,000 grant to qualifying international students.
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For the DeVry scholarship, award amounts are tiered according to student GPA and enrollment status (half time, three-quarter time or full time). The higher the cumulative grade point average (CPGA), the larger the award amount may be. Funds may reach as much as $2,500 per semester for full-time enrollment with a 3.25 GPA or higher for the scholarship. Students with a 2.5 – 3.25 GPA may earn up to $2,000 per semester.
This Scholarship scheme funded by the University of Bedfordshire is made in the form of a tuition fee discount. Students holding a four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized university or tertiary institution with a minimum GPA of 50% or equivalent will be considered for this scholarship. This is a scholarship opportunity for holders of a 2.2-grade point.
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The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the Federal Government agency in Nigeria, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its China, Germany, France & Malaysia strategic partnership initiative. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in these countries commencing in the next academic session. A minimum of Second Class Upper qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower with relevant industry experience is required.
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) provides financial support to students through its two funds. They include the ISS Scholarship Fund for Excellent pupils and ISS Hardship Fund. Both funds are open for international and Dutch holders for pursuing an MA program. ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. Each award is worth 40% of the tuition fee. Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.2 to apply, although applicants with a higher GPA are given more consideration.
The University of Glasgow offers scholarships for international students in its School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Programmes available include Geoinformation Technology & Cartography, Geomatics & Management, Geospatial & Mapping Sciences, Land and Hydrographic Surveying, and Sustainable Water Environments. The scholarship is open to applicants with a minimum of 2.2 in their first degree.
Staffordshire University, England awards financial aid to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who apply for its annual scholarship programs. The scholarship is open to students from Africa, Asia and Europe. Students with a first class get £2000 financial aid while those with a second class lower get a £1000 funding. This may not seem like much but any aid you can get as a 2.2 holder is something you should take with both hands.
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Australia Awards is a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa. The awards provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.  Applicants are expected to hold a minimum of a 3rd class honors with relevant work experience.
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 John Thompson award is open to international students and affords them an opportunity to pursue an MSc programme at Dublin City University. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their application and interview. This scholarship aims to foster links between digital marketing and online journalism by encouraging graduates of business, journalism and more diverse educational backgrounds to study digital marketing integrated with an appreciation of media and online journalism. The bursary offers full fees for a graduate taking DCU’s full-time MSc in Digital Marketing. The scholarship is open to all international students with a minimum of a 2.2 honours.
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. Several scholarships are offered each year. The scholarship covers the cost of completing a master’s degree: return air travel, $500 travel allowance, tuition, and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance; a monthly allowance to cover living expenses. The scholarship is for a maximum duration of two years.
Eligible applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree and have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree. There is no emphasis on the CGPA. So if you have up to 3 years relevant working experience, a 2:2 qualification may be accepted.
There you have it. The scholarships you could apply for with a second class lower degree. Which of these scholarships would you be applying for? Do you know any other scholarship that accepts 2:2 graduates? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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