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Reading: 17-year-old Lady wins $4million scholarship to study at Harvard University, sets outstanding record
Reading: 17-year-old Lady wins $4million scholarship to study at Harvard University, sets outstanding record

17-year-old Lady wins $4million scholarship to study at Harvard University, sets outstanding record

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17-year-old Lady wins $4million scholarship to study at Harvard University, sets outstanding record
17-year-old Lady wins $4million scholarship to study at Harvard University, sets outstanding record

Ashley Adirika, a 17-year-old Nigerian-American woman, is among the 3.2% of applicants who were accepted into Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States.

A recent graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School in Florida, Ashley Adirika has always aspired to attend an Ivy League institution. To achieve this goal, she applied to every Ivy League school in the country.

When she opened her computer to check all of her applications on Ivy Day, she was shocked to learn that she had been accepted by all of the Ivy League universities, including Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, Penn University, Princeton University, and Yale University. Furthermore, she received a scholarship worth over $4 million.

Ashley and her family were overjoyed, and their happiness was palpable. Additionally, she received acceptance letters from Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and Emory University.

“I just made the decision to try my luck with each of them and see what happens. I had no idea I would be accepted to all of them. I remember crying a lot on Ivy Day and just being amazed,” Ashley told CNN.

According to CNN, the likelihood of being admitted to one of the prestigious universities is estimated to be between three and eight percent. Since 2018, less than 12% of applicants have been admitted by the most selective colleges in the United States. In 2022, Yale accepted 4.5%, Columbia accepted 3.7%, and Harvard admitted only 3.2% of prospective students, the lowest percentage in the school’s history.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.