A Nigerian lady who recently started a fully-funded Ph.D. program in Computer Science at Princeton University has revealed how she bagged 4 Ph.D. offers (One fully funded) and 3 master’s offers.
22-year-old Promise Ekpo Osaine, a first-class graduate of Computer Engineering took to Linked-In to share her inspiring story.
Read her story below.
HOW I SECURED US SCHOLARSHIPS AND GOT INTO PRINCETON
I am thrilled to announce that I have secured a fully-funded scholarship to study for my Ph.D. program in computer science at Princeton University.
In addition, I got 3 Ph.D. offers( Uni. of Notre Dame, Uni. of Colorado & Kent) and 3 master’s offers (Western Illinois, Alabama & SLU).
As a #Nigerian lady from #Akwaibom, who attended #Uniben, this means a whole lot to me. Growing up, people used the name “OKON” for derogatory examples & it impacted my self-esteem. I am sharing this story to inspire every #youth & girl-child out there. They can achieve anything they set their minds to regardless of their humble financial & educational background, skin color, nationality, age, or gender.
My Journey to obtaining these scholarships was rigorous as I sent 140 cold emails, received 11 rejections & worked my 8-5 Job(sleepless nights)
First, I met Wilfred of Zeed Worldwide, who educated me about US scholarships, Statement of purpose & has become my #Lifecoach. Then, I joined the
First Class Leaders Network by Samuel where I received support from Chinonso, God’sgift, Esther, Isioma & Oluwaseun
In Aug, Isaac Udotong of Udotong Stem Academy(https://lnkd.in/ebrkUpwT) who is a member of Parent Alumni at Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, advised me to shoot for the top schools & covered 2 app fees. He linked me to Prof Imafidon of Excellent in Education & University of Oxford for SOP review.
In Nov, I won the MT Scholarship by Dr. Michael Taiwo which covered my #IELTS, Transcript, & 2 application fees. My MT mentors, Akinbiyi, Oluseun & Oyakhi provided guidance. Oyakhi reviewed all my documents & encouraged my applications to the top schools. I reached out to Dr. Kelechukwu of DEKEMP, who reviewed my SOP & has supported me since then.
In Jan 2021, I received my first scholarship & the rest followed. I became an OFP Scholar & was hosted by the US Consulate General. Lagos EducationUSA covered VISA & traveling expenses. Thanks to Mrs. Chinenye & Mrs. Adeola.
Today, I have resumed my program.
I am grateful to God Almighty, my family, recommenders (Isi, Augustine, Tyna & Peter), friends Jimmy (counsel), Joseph, Victor,Dr. Odon, Mr. Emeka, Dr. Bayo, Peter, & all those that supported me. This is a dream come true for me as I believe this will prepare me to achieve similar feats as Princeton Alumni; Michelle (wife to Obama), Alan Turing, Jeff Bezos, Amazon and Blue Origin – Newslines, & Brooke Shields, my role models Tony Elumelu, Ngozi Iweala, Chimamanda & Folorunso Alakija. Commending Princeton university for Diversity and Inclusion.
My #story is a clear example of what is possible when we align ourselves to leverage the experiences of #mentors.
To everyone struggling out there, don’t give up.
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