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Young African Lady graduates as a Microbiologist with first-class, wins scholarship to study in both US and UK

A brilliant Nigerian Lady named Mercy Ojetunde has achieved an exceptional feat after winning a United Kingdom’s Commonwealth Scholarship for her Master’s degree and immediately won another scholarship in the United States for her PhD degree.

Mercy Ojetunde graduated with a first-class (4.75 out 5.00) Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Osun State University, South-West, Nigeria. After her undergraduate program, she applied for the UK Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

The United Kingdom Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is a yearly award funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to allow international students to enrol for their Master’s degree in any university in the United Kingdom at no cost.

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According to her, she started exploring MSc/PhD opportunities abroad because she was determined to study for her Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) abroad with sponsorship from international organisations.

“I started my applications, and fortunately, I got the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships in 2021 to study MSc. Biotechnology at the University of the West of Scotland, UK,” she wrote on LinkedIn.

“It was a great opportunity to understand the teaching/learning style abroad,” she added.


Mercy narrated further that her experience as a scholarship award winner and Master’s graduate of Biotechnology from the University of the West of Scotland helped her achieve the exceptional feat of clinching another scholarship award.

During her Master’s degree program in the United Kingdom, she submitted another application for a PhD Scholarship at West Virginia University in the United States. “Eventually, I got an interview invite from West Virginia University and was interviewed on the 30th of November, 2021,” she narrated.

The West Virginia University later awarded her a Fully Funded PhD scholarship in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program) and also gave her a graduate research assistantship position.

The young scholar thanked everyone who supported her dream throughout her journey. “You need people to help you get to your destination, build quality relationships,” she advised upcoming scholars.

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