Never Give up : My Scholarship Journey

 My Scholarship Journey  by Lucy Ikpesu-Ewhubare

Those big dream and goals of yours can come true. So do not & never limit yourself to your current status or background especially those from low income family☺️.

My Scholarship Journey  by Lucy Ikpesu-Ewhubar
My Scholarship Journey : Photo by Lucy Ikpesu-Ewhubar

When I left university in 2016, I told myself I would get my Masters degree on or before 2019 (but I didn't get it). And these were what I wanted;

1. To school aboard

2. On scholarship (fully funded)

I began the journey and I believed God would give me at his own time. I can't forget in a hurry how this journey frustrated me. There were times when I felt depressed about the continuous rejections.

* PTDF 2017-2019 ❌

* NDDC 2018 - 2019 ❌

* Chevening UK 2018 - 2020 ❌

* MasterCard (McGill University, Canada) 2019- 2020 ❌

* Türkiye Scholarships 2019

* MasterCard ( University of Edinburgh, UK) 2019-2020 ❌

* Swedish Institute Scholarship, Sweden 2021 ❌

* Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand - 2021 ❌

* Bangchak Masters scholarship 2021 ❌

* InnoEnergy Masters School 2021 ❌

* The Joint Japan/World bank scholarship 2021 ❌

* Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership 2020 ❌

* Commonwealth shared Scholarship 2021 ❌

During this time, I applied for over 23 scholarships, some I gave up during the rigorous application process and others were rejections. I also wrote email to over 35 professors from different universities/countries requesting for scholarship nomination and for research assistant positions. Thank you Rita Orji, PhD for encouraging me not to give up.

I finally got a YES from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to pursue my Masters in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Energy at the University of Birmingham , United Kingdom

God did it.

Thank you so much Tolulope Owajoba Adeyemo, Loveth Olanma Imo & Unoma Ndili Okorafor, Ph.D. for all the support. You were always there to listen to me.

I am glad that I made my parent's dream come true too because they felt only the children of the rich can study aboard.

Alway remember that nothing good comes easy, and be ready to work tirelessly for it. Even when you are at the verge of giving up, don't give up. 

About Lucy Ikpesu-Ewhubare

Lucy has over five years of international experience in the non-profit sector, program management, and implementing grassroots development programs. She is proficient at designing projects, budget management, program evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and implementing grassroots development programs. She has also managed several program portfolios with a focus on education and gender inclusion programs in over 13 African countries and 4 other countries, impacting over 25,000 students, teachers, youths especially girls.

Lucy has managed and implemented high-quality programs which include STEM students & teacher training, Coding Bootcamp, national STEM competitions for students and teachers, facilitated training courses on STEM, computer programming, and web development during training and workshops across Africa, and developed several project-based STEM curriculum and initiatives for secondary schools and teachers. She has managed scholarship and mentorship programs for African college girls in over 30 Africa Colleges.

Lucy is passionate about growth, advocating for quality education for All, community development engagement, sustainable energy, civil society development, and gender inclusion programs in sustainable development. She wants to see more young women like myself go into STEM discipline and involves in technology innovation.


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