4.30.2021

17-year-old Nigerian girl gets 19 scholarship offers from US and Canada

17-year-old Nigerian girl 19 scholarship offers from US and Canada

A Nigerian teenager, who scored straight As in WASSCE, has received 19 full scholarship offers from universities across the United States and Canada.

Victory Yinka-Banjo, a 17-year-old secondary school graduate, 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.

According to Yinka, She said, "It still feels pretty unbelievable. I applied to so many schools because I didn’t even think any school would accept me,".

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.

17-year-old Nigerian girl 19 scholarship offers from US and Canada

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 offered the Lester B. Pearson scholarship 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!"

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