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17-Yr-Old Nigerian Student Secures $3.5m Scholarships To 14 Foreign Universities | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Apr 23, 2024



By Fasanmi Abiola

In an impressive academic achievement, Oluwafemi Ositade, a 17-year-old Nigerian student, has attained full scholarships to prestigious Ivy League universities in the United States, such as Harvard, along with universities in Canada and Qatar.

He is a member of the Class of 2023 of The Ambassadors College, Ota, and the scholarships are worth over $3.5 million.

In a statement issued by the school management, Ositade’s astounding success stemmed from his exceptional performance in the SAT where he achieved a perfect score in Mathematics (800/800), a near-perfect score of 760 out of 800 in reading and writing, and a CGPA of 4.0/4.0 from college, in addition to his other academic and personal achievements.

It read, “Armed with these remarkable achievements and track record of excellence, Ositade received 14 scholarships from renowned institutions nine of which are full ride scholarships (covering tuition, accommodation, allowance and all other student’s expenses).

“His academic prowess extends beyond standardised tests. In the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), with a score of 358, he ranked as the second best in Nigeria for the year 2023.

“Additionally, in the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Ositade boasts of eight A’s and one B2. It is also worthy of note that Ositade has represented his schools in lots of local and international competitions where he has also proven his academic prowess with many laurels won for himself and his school.

“With a strong passion for Quantum Computing and Mathematics, he intends to pursue a degree in Computational Physics, and he is poised to make significant strides in his chosen field.”

According to the school, the universities that have extended scholarship offers to Ositade are Harvard University, Brown University, Duke University, University of Toronto Lester B Pearson Scholarship, Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, University of Miami, Howard University, Stetson University, Fisk University, University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, University of Toronto St. George Campus, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus and Drexel University.

Upon receiving the life-changing news of his acceptance to Harvard, Brown, Duke and other Prestigious universities, the 17-year-old expressed profound elation, citing that he owes his achievements to God Almighty who has been the bedrock of his success.

Extending appreciation to his alma matter, Ositade asserted that these feats could not have been possible without his zeal and the preparatory efforts of The Ambassadors College, Ota (a Christian Co-Educational School).

“The school’s structured academic programme, blending British and Nigerian curricula, equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel on both local and international platforms. Offering classes and specialized courses such as SAT, IELTS, and A-levels, the school ensures that students like Ositade not only achieve stellar academic results but also position themselves for coveted scholarships in Ivy League universities.”

His achievements underscore the plethora of opportunities available for Nigerian youths to thrive on the global academic stage.

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