A Nigerian teenager, who scored straight As in WASSCE, has received 19 full-ride scholarship offers from universities across the United States and Canada.
17-year-old secondary school graduate, Victory Yinka-Banjo, was offered more than $5 million dollars worth of scholarship money for an undergraduate program of study, according to admission documents and estimates of financial aid awards.
“It still feels pretty unbelievable. I applied to so many schools because I didn’t even think any school would accept me,” Victory told CNN.
Victory was born to Nigerian parents, mother Chika Yinka-Banjo, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, and father Adeyinka Banjo, a private sector procurement and supply chain executive, Victory was given potential full scholarships from the Ivy League schools, Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, and Brown University.
Other US scholarship offers included those from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia.
In Canada, Victory was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Fellowship from the University of Toronto and the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) scholarship from the University of British Columbia.
Victory, who was a senior prefect in secondary school, added: “Their admissions processes are extremely selective. They only accept the best of the best. So, you can imagine how, on a daily basis, I have to remind myself that I actually got into these schools. It is surreal!”
Victory rose to national prominence in late 2020 after she scored straight As in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
In other news, a first-class mathematics graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has won a fully-funded PhD scholarship in the US.
The first-class mathematics graduate identified as Emmanuel Nworie, won the scholarship after a photo of him plowing the ground in Ebonyi state due to poverty and lack of a platform to tap into his knowledge went viral on social media.
Speaking on the hard times he’s faced in an interview with The Cable, the first-class graduate said; “I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save enough, so I was frustrated.” (Continue reading)