nigerian teen over the moon after 19 scholarship offers worth over ksh 539m from us, canada
byMay 4, 2021
According to admission documents and estimates of financial aid awards, victory Yinka-Banjo, a 17-year-old high school graduate, was offered more than 5 million dollars worth of scholarship money for an undergraduate program of study.
Born to Nigerian parents, Chika Yinka-Banjo, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, and 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.
"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.
"Their admissions processes are extremely selective," Victory added. "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!"
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.