Igbo-born Emmanuel Nworie, a first-degree holder in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, has gained a fully funded scholarship at the United States.
Nworie who hails from Ebonyi State, came from a poor family, was said to have experienced hardship, engaged in farming to keep up with ends meet. Few months ago a pictures of his tilling the soil went viral, due to lack of a platform to utilize his knowledge.
Nworie, 27, graduated with a cumulative grade point(CGP) average of 4.92/ 5.00 had known “frustration” before applying for the micheal Taiwo (MT) scholarship.
“I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. I have long waited to be a Mathematician. But, after my dad passed away, I was deterred, because at some point I was trying to save for undergraduate studies, and after two years I couldn’t save enough. So, I was frustrated,” he said in an interview with the cable.
Michael Taiwo , a US based Nigerian and sponsor of MT scholarship, alongside Suraj Oyewale, founder of Jarus Hub, a career and education platform identified Nworie during the selection of candidates for the scholarship.
Nworie emerged as one of the 23 candidates selected from 1509 applicants for scholarship covering costs for application fees and graduate record exam (GRE) – a requirement for the graduate application for some course in the US.
Taiwo announced Nworie’s selection for a fully funded PhD in mathematics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, a prestigious research university. “He received three great offers from schools in the southern part of the US” he said.
Taiwo commended and appreciated his mentor, Dr Busayo Aworunse for the role he played in the outcome that led to the success of Emmanue Nworie, and congratulated him for his outstanding performance, noting his achievement as ‘remarkable’.
“It cost 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 interested thing is that he got three of this type offer from the Southern Methodist University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and University of Texas at Dallas,” he added.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News