A first class graduate of mathematics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has bagged a fully-funded scholarship for a doctorate program in the US.
Emmanuel Nworie, 27, became a viral sensation after a picture of him working on his farm in Ebonyi State hit the internet.
According to TheCable, the first class graduate had resorted to farming due to poverty and a lack of a platform to utilize his knowledge.
Nworie graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00.
He received three offers from universities in the southern part of the US emerging as one of the 23 candidates selected from a pool of 1,509 applicants for the scholarship, covering costs for application fees and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) — a requirement for the graduate application for some courses in the US.
During his interview with TheCable, Emmanuel spoke on his challenges leading up to applying for the Michael Taiwo (MT) Scholarship.
“I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save enough, so I was frustrated”, he said.
Micheal Taiwo of MT scholarship also spoke on Nworie’s new good fortune.
“He is going to one of the best universities in the world. SMU is a very expensive school; more expensive than Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale. He will be schooling with people from the richest families in the world. It costs over $75,000 per year to attend SMU. Emmanuel won’t pay a single dollar out of this. In addition to this, he will be given a very generous stipend to cater for his living expenses. The interesting thing is that he got three of this type of offers from Southern Methodist University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Texas at Dallas”.