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“I almost gave up,” Says a Lady Who Got 3 Scholarships After 9 Rejections, Shares Her Story

A Nigerian First Class Graduate, Mary Kenneth has celebrated a new feat of receiving 3 PhD scholarships to study at Top UK Varsity.

A first-class graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Mary Kenneth has taken to her Linkedin profile to celebrate her one YES after many NO’s.

Mary got a scholarship to pursue her PhD students in United Kingdom after 9 different schools told her NO.

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Sharing her story, she said, motivation from other people who have several NOs motivated her to keep pushing.

Read her story below:

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“With a heart full of joy and thanks, I am glad to announce that I have got three fully funded scholarships, two to the UK and one to Taiwan, for my PhD studies.

“The most surprising thing is that the two scholarships to the UK were for the same school, not just any UK school but a Russell Group school, which has been ranked the 7th best school in the world and the 3rd in the UK. I know you are wondering which school she is talking about πŸ€”.

“I am talking about no other school than Imperial College London. I was awarded the Deepmind scholarship and the Doctoral Teaching Scholarship to study at Imperial College London. After some days, I was awarded the TIGP Rising Star scholarship in Taiwan.

“Now I was confused about which scholarship to choose. Omo, I had several sleepless nights oh!!. The choice was hard as each offer had its uniqueness. 

However, the doctoral teaching scholarship looked more favourable to me, so I chose it and I had to reject the other two sadly 😞😞.

“This testimony did not happen over night. Let me give you a small gist of my scholarship journey β˜Ίβ˜ΊπŸ€—.

“My scholarship journey for a PhD started in June 2021. I applied to over 15 different schools and scholarships. It was so tough that I wanted to give up, but when I read the stories of people who had applied to 20, 30, or even 50 scholarships before they got their one yes, I decided to keep pushing till I got my one yes. I kept myself motivated with different posts and testimonies from  Victor Agboga, Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi (Ph.D) , Mercy Ojetunde and encouragement from Rita Orji, PhD and Blossom Martins (ANIPR)  posts.

“Out of all the scholarships and schools I applied to, I got rejected by 9, got no response from 2, and got one admission with no funding. Two weeks after all of this rejection, I received not one, but three years.

“This post is to encourage everyone struggling with scholarship applications that just one yes is all you need to be victorious.”

“I also want to thank my lecturers, Sulaimon Bashir, Shafi’i Muhammad Abddulhamid, Ovre  Jeffrey, and Abdulmalik Mohammed, Ph.D, for taking out their time to write recommendation letters for me. Without their recommendations, my efforts would have been in vain. My thanks go to udama victor for always holding my hands whenever I wanted to give up.”

“Thanks to my family for your faith in me always. Thank you, Imperial College London and TIGP, for seeing my potential and giving me a chance to be a great scientist.”

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Her post attracted thousands of reactions. Below are a few comments on her post:

Peace Damian wrote: I am encouraged. Those rejections are the toughest things to experience especially without much support systems.

Godman wrote:

I am happy to have met you
And missing you a little 😁
We can testify of your hard work and resilience.
God increase you and bless your path.

I will be at your graduation ceremony
Live at UK.

I am sure you will make us proud

Cjibueze wrote: CONGRATULATIONS DEAR. YOUR TESTIMONY IS MOTIVATING .I THINK WE SHARE SOME THINGS IN COMMON. I HAD A FIRST CLASS ALSO; I WAS ALSO THE BEST FEMALE STUDENT HOWEVER I HAVE HAD MUCH DISCOURAGEMENT AS A RESULT OF REJECTIONS, IN FACT, AT TIMES I FEEL I DON’T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO OBTAIN A SCHOLARSHIP. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE THIS IS QUITE MOTIVATING. HOPE TO DRAW ENGOURAGEMENT FROM THIS AND NOT GIVE UP.

Oluwatosin wrote: Congratulations Mary Kenneth . I must confess I was encouraged this morning reading your post.
After reading about the rejections.
I was waiting patiently for the good news, and yes it came.
I’m happy you got a reward for your due diligence.
Application to 15 schools is no joke.
I also picked my message from this post.
Congratulations once again.

READ ALSO: Brilliant Nigerian Lady Becomes Professor At Canadian Varsity 8-Years After Earning PhD

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