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Nigerian Teen Bags $5M Worth Of Scholarship

Nigerian teenager, Victory Yinka-Banjo, has received 19 full-ride scholarship offers from universities across the United States and Canada.

The 17-year-old high school graduate was offered more than 5 million dollars worth of scholarship money for an undergraduate program of study.

This was according to the admission documents and estimates of financial aid awards.

In an interview with CNN, Victory said, “It still feels pretty unbelievable. I applied to so many schools because I didn’t even think any school would accept me.”

Victory is born to a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, Chika Yinka-Banjo, and a private sector procurement and supply chain executive, Adeyinka Banjo.

She 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 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 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!”

According to her, the multiple scholarships offers “have made me stand taller, smile wider, and pat myself on the back more often.”

She rose to national prominence in late 2020 after she scored straight As in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Months earlier, the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) had rated her the “Top in the World” in English as a second language (speaking endorsement).

This was after she aced the Cambridge IGCSE exam — acquiring A* in all six subjects she sat for.

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