Thirty Opportunity Funds Program students of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have acquired fully-funded scholarships totaling $4.35 million to attend American universities and faculties for the 2021/2022 educational session.
Following a aggressive choice course of, the 30 high-achieving, low-income college students acquired monetary assist from the U.S. Consulate General that coated bills concerned within the school software course of similar to fee for standardized exams, software charges, and visa charges along with air journey to the United States.
One of the beneficiaries is a 17-year-old boy Ekene Ezeunala who scored the very best rating on the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Ezeunala, who obtained 347, attended Meiran Community Senior High School, Lagos and acquired full funding to check Computer Science and Mathematics at Columbia University within the City of New York.
The fortunate US-bound college students are chosen for six undergraduates, three masters and twenty-one doctoral educational applications together with Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Science and Engineering for the 2021/2022 educational session
According to a press release by Temitayo Famutimi, Information Specialist, Public Affairs Section of the United States Consular General in Victoria Island Lagos, on Thursday, the scholarship applications cowl bills for standardized exams, software price and visa charges.
The assertion reads, “Speaking on Thursday in Lagos during a reception in honor of the U.S. bound students, Consul General Claire Pierangelo urged the scholars to make the most of their opportunity to get a top-notch education while gaining the first-hand experience of American life and culture.
“I congratulate each one of you on your tremendous success. Your success is evidence of your leadership, academic performance, and the great potential young Nigerians hold for the future of this country.
“This is a very important step in your life. I strongly encourage you to maximize this opportunity. This is not just about your education as you have proven yourselves to be academically outstanding students.
“I am also referring to your chance to broaden your horizons and embrace the diversity of people around you and learn, not just about America, but also about other cultures,” Pierangelo advised the departing college students.
“Ekene Ezeunala, one of the 2021 Opportunity Fund Program scholars, achieved the highest score in Nigeria at the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The 17-year-old alumnus of Meiran Community Senior High School Lagos received full funding to study Computer Science and Mathematics at Columbia University in the City of New York,” Pierangelo mentioned.
While talking, Ezeunala mentioned the Education USA Opportunity Funds Program is “a truly life-changing experience. EducationUSA opened up a whole new world of opportunities and resources I never knew were available to me.”
Another 2021 OFP scholar, Urinrin Otite, was the primary pupil to earn a first-class diploma within the Department of Civil Engineering on the University of Port Harcourt.
Otite can be attending Lehigh University in Pennsylvania the place she acquired a fully-funded supply to pursue a doctoral diploma in Civil Engineering with a analysis deal with the resilience and sustainability of buildings and infrastructure programs.
“Looking back, the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program was the bridge I needed to reach my dream of studying in the U.S., and I would recommend reaching out to EducationUSA as the perfect first step to anyone hoping to study in the US,” Otite mentioned.
Their spectacular listing of acceptances contains Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Princeton University, Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, amongst others.
According to the most recent Institute of International Education Open Doors Report, Nigeria retained its prime rating because the primary supply of African college students learning within the United States. About 13,762 Nigerians examine at greater than 1,000 U.S. faculties and universities.