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23-year-old African-American lady bags Biochemistry degree at US university, wins full scholarship to study for her Ph.D. at Yale

A 23-year-old African-American lady named Chelesa Fearce has bagged a Biochemistry degree at Spelman College and was awarded a full scholarship to study for her Ph.D. at Yale University, United States.

Chelesa Fearce made news when she achieved the title of valedictorian upon graduating from high school. Remarkably, despite facing homelessness, she maintained a 4.50 grade point average and secured numerous scholarships.

She proceeded to bag a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with honors (manga cum laude) at Spelman College.

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After her graduation, she went on to complete two years of research on drugs for neurological and psychiatric disorders at the National Institutes of Health in the United States.


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In the course of the program, Chelsea was accepted into over 20 graduate programs including Yale University for her doctorate. ”I have found myself doubting myself on the journey to get here, and I have other people who look up to me that say, ‘Chelesa, we believe in you,” she said.

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She got accepted into Yale School of Medicine with a full scholarship and stipend to cover living expenses. Currently, she is pursuing dual degrees in Medicine, working towards both a medical degree and a doctorate in the field.

According to the Yale University’s website, her long-term goal is psychiatric and she is also interested in drug development for psychiatric disorders. “I just tried my best to focus on the future and what I had to do,” she told Urban News Service.



“I always told myself that the future would be brighter than this. I also truly believe that education is the most suitable and attainable way for me to get out of a life of poverty,” she added.

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Chelsea’s mother, Reenita Shepherd praised her for her fierce determination and hopeful nature. “Chelsea has always been a loving and studious child. She never gave me any problems growing up and always did what I asked her to do,” Shepherd said.

Chelsea said she drew strength from how her mother handled her struggles when they were homeless, moving from one shelter to the other.

“l learned the value of education from my mother. I learned how to love from my mother. I learned the value of hard work. I learned how to persevere,” she said.

Advising people who are in the same similar situation, that they should learn that despite what they are going through, they can reach their ultimate goals and that whatever they are experiencing at the moment will only make them stronger.

Chelsea stated that she will do her best my best as a future physician and just as a person to treat everyone she meets with dignity and respect and try to understand their life experiences.

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