The hard work has paid off for this straight-A student from Nigeria who received full-ride scholarships to multiple schools in the amount of more than $5 million dollars.
According to admission documents and estimates of financial aid awards, Victory Yinka-Banjo, a high school graduate, received 19 offers from universities across the U.S. and Canada, CNN reported.
"It still feels pretty unbelievable. I applied to so many schools because I didn't even think any school would accept me," the 17-year-old told CNN, adding that she's proud of her academic successes.
Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College and Brown University are just some of the elite schools that offered Yinka-Banjo potential full rides to their institution. She also received scholarships from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University.
Over in Canada, the University of Toronto awarded her the Lester B. Pearson scholarship which is only given to approximately 37 students. The University of British Columbia offered her the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) scholarship.
Meet the Nigerian Teenager, Victory Yinka-Banjo who scored straight As in WASSCE and has received 19 full-ride scholarship offers from universities in United States and Canada pic.twitter.com/tuV4fDwQgw— Naija (@Naija_PR) April 30, 2021
A recent article from the Premium Times reported that the U.S. government is seeking more Nigerian students to study in American schools.
“We really want more Nigerians to come and take part in our educational system. Through our EducationUSA Centre in Calabar, we hope to have more students...going to the U.S. to further their education,” Aruna Amirthanayagam, the country public affairs officer of the U.S. Embassy, Abuja, said.
Victory’s mother, Chika Yinka-Banjo, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, says her daughter will be an inspiration to other female Nigerian youth.
“It is noteworthy that she is not one of the Nigerian-Americans who often get into these schools because of their advantage of being born and bred in the US. She completed her secondary school here [in Nigeria]. It would be great if her story can be used to inspire the youths of our country,” Chika told CNN.
According to Local News 8, Victory said she credits her academic success story to her 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 scored straight As in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Just months earlier, the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) rated her as "Top in the World" in English as a second language, WRAL reported.Whether Victory has chosen a dream school has not been reported, but she has her eye on a few, according to CNN. Right now, she spends her days tutoring other students in math, English language, biology, chemistry and physics.