A 17-year-old Nigerian lady knowns as Victory Yinka-Banjo, has secured 19 fully funded scholarship offers worth over $5 million from Universities in the United States of America (USA) as well as Canada.
Victory Yinka-Banjo was awarded for her outstanding performance based on admission documents and estimates of financial aid awards.
Victory while speaking with CNN described her win as “unbelievable”, noting that she initially doubted that she would get the scholarship while making applications to the various varsities.
She said: “It still feels pretty unbelievable. I applied to so many schools because I didn’t even think any school would accept me,
She got awarded by the leading Universities in the United States of America (USA) including the Ivy League schools, Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia.
She also got scholarships offers from Universities in Canada which includes 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 is a daughter to a Senior Lecturer in the University of Lagos (UNILAG). She aced the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with As in all her subjects.
She was also awarded the “Top in the World” in English as a second language (speaking endorsement) by the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE).
Reacting to her achievement, Victory told CNN that she keeps reminding herself that she got the scholarship as the process was designed the best of the best.
She said: “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!
She attributed her academic success to hard work, faith, parental guidance, and discipline.
“They have made me truly feel proud about the hard work I have put into several areas of my life over the years. I am slowly beginning to realize that I deserve them,” she said.
Victory aspires to study Computational Biology at the varsity at the University she decides to select among the numerous offers she got.