First class math graduate who resorted to farming to survive bags PhD scholarship in US

A first-class mathematics graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who went viral in 2020 has secured a fully-funded scholarship at an American university.

Earlier reports detailed how Emmanuel Nworie went into farming in Ebonyi state owing to poverty and a lack of platform to utilise his knowledge.

The 27-year-old, who graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00, had experienced a life of hardship prior to his application for the Michael Taiwo (MT) Scholarship.

“I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. He gave up in January 2009. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save enough, so I was frustrated,” he had said in an interview with TheCable.

Luck shone on the young man when Michael Taiwo, a US-based Nigerian and sponsor of MT Scholarships, alongside Suraj Oyewale, founder of JarusHub, a career and education platform, identified Nworie during the selection of candidates for the scholarship in US.

The UNN graduate emerged as one of the 23 candidates selected from a pool of 1,509 applicants for the scholarship which covers costs for application fees and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) — a requirement for graduate application for some courses in the US.

In a statement on Tuesday, March 2, Taiwo announced Nworie’s selection for a fully-funded Ph.D in mathematics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

He said the brilliant mathematician received three offers from universities in the southern part of the US.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that Emmanuel Chinweuba Nworie has accepted a fully funded offer to study for his PhD in Mathematics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. SMU is a prestigious private research university. Emmanuel prefers locations with warm weather. He received three great offers, all from schools in the southern part of the US”.

“Mentors are our secret sauce. It is hard to exaggerate the role Dr. Busayo Aworunse, Emmanuel’s assigned mentor, played in delivering the outcome we celebrate today. Busayo, thank you. Help me congratulate Emmanuel. I cannot wait to see what he does with a Math PhD from SMU!” he said.


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