School Grad from Nigeria gets 19 Scholarship Offers

It's been a fabulous few weeks for Victory Yinka-Banjo. She 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.

Last year, the University of Cambridge International Examination rated Victory Yinka-Banjo, a 17-year-old Nigerian student, as the "Top in the World" in English as a second language. A few months later, Victory scored straight As in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination.⁠ So, she applied to various universities, but she never even dreamed of what happened next. ⁠


The teen received 19 full-ride scholarships from universities across the US and Canada. Some of the US offers include schools such as Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, and Brown.


The teenager told CNN that her multiple scholarship offers "have made me stand taller, smile wider, and pat myself on the back more often."


"It still feels pretty unbelievable. Their admissions processes are extremely selective," Victory commented. "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!"


Victory said she hopes to study Computational Biology. However, she is still weighing up her options on which school to choose, having been wooed by many prestigious institutions.

"I am still doing research on some schools that are at the top of my list, like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and just trying to compare and contrast all of them thoroughly," she told CNN.

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