A Nigerian Higher National Diploma (HND) graduate has risen beyond several obstacles to win fully-funded Ph.D. scholarships to 7 top US universities.
The young lady, Islamiyat Ojelade, was the 2017/18 overall best graduating student at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun state, Nigeria.
In Nigeria, HND graduates are usually discriminated against and often have to take a postgraduate diploma before they can study for a Master’s degree.
She said she was scared after graduating from the polytechnic and didn’t know what to do next but decided to discuss her aspirations with some people.
However, only a few supported her morally and financially, while others doubted her.
“Considering the dichotomy between HND and BSc in Nigeria, I was scared and confused on what next to do after my undergraduate studies.
I summoned the courage to discuss my ‘big dream’ with some people, including friends, fathers, mothers, and lecturers.
As you would expect, very few among them keyed into this and supported me morally and financially. Others doubted if I would be able to get a Ph.D. with the HND,” she said.
Despite these challenges, Islamiyat got full funding from 7 US universities. They include; Florida State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of North Texas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Marquette University.
However, the young lady has chosen to accept the offer from Florida State University.
According to Islamiyat, she got free mentorship after engaging a tweet from Dr. Babajide Ojo of Bestman Academy.
Islamiyat Ojelade mentioned hardwork, resilience, prayers, and the right people by her side as factors that have helped her achieve her dreams.
She also appreciates God for bringing to pass a dream she had nursed for years.
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Meanwhile, a brilliant Nigerian student, Halima Ali Shuwahas, made history when she was presented with the distinguished achievement medal at the University of Manchester, England.
The award presented to her by the vice-chancellor and president of the University of Manchester is for the best postgraduate student of the year 2022.
Halima Ali Shuwa was grateful to God for His benevolence and how far she had come by His grace when she shared the news via the social networking platform LinkedIn.