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Nineteen high-achieving, low-income college students from southern Nigeria have obtained full scholarships totaling $2.17 million to attend American universities and schools for the 2020/2021 educational session, an announcement from the US consulate mentioned on Friday.
This feat was made attainable via the Opportunity Funds Program of the United States Consulate General in Lagos, with help from Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited.
During a reception held in Lagos in honor of the U.S. sure college students, United States Consul General Claire Pierangelo congratulated every of them on their successes. She urged the students to take advantage of their alternative to get a top-notch schooling whereas gaining first-hand expertise of American life and tradition.
“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased that our two major EducationUSA centers in Lagos and Abuja help brilliant, deserving and high achieving students defray the cost of applying to study in the U.S. You have successfully navigated the daunting U.S. college and university admissions process and we are so excited for your future.”
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“During your time in the United States, please take full advantage of every opportunity you have not only to learn but to expand your horizon. You have excelled in Nigeria and I have no doubt that you will continue on that path of academic excellence in the United States,” Consul General Pierangelo informed the departing college students.
Izunna Okpala, one of many 2020 Opportunity Fund Program students, obtained full funding for a Ph.D. program in Information Technology with focus in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing on the University of Cincinnati. He described the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program as a “game changer” in his quest to obtain a global schooling.
The 19 departing college students — 2 undergraduates and 17 graduate college students —might be finding out a wide range of majors together with (*19*) Diseases, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Climate Change and Climate Variability, Geology, and Political Science. Their spectacular listing of acceptances contains University of Massachusetts Boston, Purdue University, Duke University, Northwestern University, amongst others.
Now in its eleventh yr, the Opportunity Funds Program assists gifted and decided, low-income college students who’re good candidates for monetary help from U.S. schools and universities however lack the monetary sources to cowl the up-front price of acquiring admission.
Following a aggressive choice course of, the profitable college students obtained monetary support that lined bills concerned within the faculty utility course of comparable to fee for standardized checks, utility charges, visa and SEVIS charges in addition to air journey to the United States. EducationUSA advisers additionally labored carefully with the scholars via repeatedly scheduled conferences and seminars to help them all through the appliance course of.
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 finding out within the United States. About 13,762 Nigerians research at greater than 1,000 U.S. schools and universities.