The Francis Ibhawoh Foundation was established in 2014 in honour of the late Francis Ehidiamen Ibhawoh by his family and friends.
Mr Francis Ibhawoh was a committed educationist and public servant. Born in 1938 in Uromi, Nigeria, he worked as a primary and secondary school teacher before proceeding to the University of Ibadan from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Economics and French in 1968. He joined the then Bendel State Civil Service as an administrative officer shortly after graduation and rose to the position of a Director. The Foundation and Annual Scholarship Awards are intended to honour his memory and his commitment to education, community development and youth empowerment.
The Francis Ibhawoh Scholarship is awarded annually to the student with the best entry in the Francis Ibhawoh Annual Essay Competition for Undergraduates. The competition focuses on topical contemporary issues relating to local community and national development with a view to proffering solutions to these issues.