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18-year-old Nigerian girl wins RISE scholarship, earns acceptance to 11 top universities in US

An 18-year-old Nigerian girl named Emmanuela Ilok who won the RISE scholarship in 2022 has earned acceptance to 11 top universities across the United States.

Emanuella is a student of Greenspring Schools, Nigeria who received acceptance offers from eleven top universities across the United States including Ivy League Schools.

The schools she was accepted include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Columbia University, Georgia Tech University, Washington University, University of Chicago, Duke University, and Granger College of Engineering.

Emanuella won the prestigious RISE program in 2022 when she was 16-year-old which not only recognized her academic excellence but also awarded her scholarships to pursue higher education.

For her RISE project, she developed a program called ‘CodEd’ which provided teacher training, student curriculum, and internship opportunities to improve computer science education in public schools compared to private schools.

 

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The Rise program is a flagship initiative of a $1 billion commitment by Eric and Wendy Schmidt toward nurturing talent and fostering development across various initiatives. The program identifies talented individuals aged 15 to 17 and empowers them to address community issues using their passion and creativity.

At Greenspring School, Emmanuella was an excellent student, bagging different notable awards and achievements.  She scored an outstanding 1500 grade in her Scholastic Assessment Tests.

She was one of the top participants in the Young Tycoons Business Challenge (YBTC)business competition for developing an app to tackle insecurity in Nigeria.

 

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She said her success is because of the education she received at her school stating that they focused on teaching effective communication, ethical values, and having a helpful attitude by doing projects with the local community.

Emmanuelle said she draws inspiration from Benjamin Franklin’s words– “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” which makes her emphasize the pivotal role of education in addressing societal challenges.

She said her RISE project aligns with Sustainable Development Goal No. 4, “Inclusive Education for All,”  adding that she believed in equal opportunities for students in both public and private schools to access quality Computer Science education.

She is one of the top Young African Yale Scholars with her project titled Introductory Computer Science/Coding Curriculum and Training Relevant and Accessible for Teachers and Students in Nigeria.

Emmanuela shared on her Linkedin that she aspires to become a Software Engineer. She added that she has an interest in machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence stating that she looks forward to using these tools to proffer solutions to existing world problems.

 

 

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