Victory Yinka-Banjo is a 17-year-old high school graduate from Nigeria that managed to get 19 full scholarship offers from top US and Canadian universities. The student has always been an exceptional scholar, but she hadn’t realized how good she is until now. She scored straight As in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination in 2020, and has been rated as ‘Top in the World’ in English as a second language by the University of Cambridge International Examination.
She also scored all As in all six subjects of the Cambridge IGCSE exam, so what followed shocked her. Many of the biggest universities came calling, and she was offered more than 5 million dollars worth of scholarships in the top universities in the world.
The number of scholarship offers stunned the teen, as she now has potential full scholarships from Ivy League schools Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, and Brown University.
Some of the other scholarships include one from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia.
The University of Toronto also offered her a scholarship, and all these offers gave her a huge confidence boost. She said that it feels pretty unbelievable, as she applied to so many schools because she didn’t even think any school would accept her.
The offers have since made her stand taller, smile wider, and pat herself on the back more often.
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The 17-year-old said that it all still feels unreal to her, as she knows that all of these universities and colleges have very strict and selective admission processes.
“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. 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 added.
Victory is yet to decide on the school she will continue her journey to, but she added that she hopes to study Computational Biology, and she’s weighing up her options at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Duke, and Johns Hopkins as top of her list.