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Brilliant Nigerian man emerges UNILAG’s best student with 5.00GPA, wins full PhD scholarship without having masters degree

A brilliant Nigerian man named David Akanmu who scored a perfect 5.000/5.00 grade point average to emerge the valedictorian of the University of Lagos, Nigeria has been awarded a full PhD scholarship without a master’s certification.

David obtained his 100% grade bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering at the Universiy of Lagos Nigeria. He was the university’s overall best-graduating student and his faculty’s best student.

David was awarded the prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship to study for a doctorate at Stanford University.  He was among the 90 scholars chosen from 60 universities worldwide.

According to an announcement shared by the Knight Hennesy scholars, David is one of five Africans, the only one from an African-based tertiary institution, selected to join the 2024 cohort of the award.

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate fellowship program spanning all seven graduate schools at Stanford University. The recipients of the scholarship receive up to three years of financial support to pursue graduate studies.

While also studying, it enables them to engage in experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world.

The application for the scholarship is currently opened, check HERE for more information on how to apply.

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Beyond academic excellence, David’s time at the university allowed him to grow into a well-rounded individual co-founding a Sustainable Development Advocate (SDA).

He also received the Millennium Ocean’s Prize for a groundbreaking idea to combat open defecation in Nigeria and won a $10,000 grant which empowered him to lead a creative campaign on climate resilience in Bariga, Lagos.

David mentioned that he will be pursuing a PhD in Energy Science and Engineering at the Stanford University’s Doerr School of Sustainability. He expressed his gratitude to his friends, mentors, family, for their invaluable guidance throughout.

 

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