Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is a 17-year old Nigerian American who has been accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools and additional 4 schools — 12 in total.
The Elmont Memorial High Valedictorian sent applications to Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University, as well as Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and gained admission into all 12 of them.
This is the second year in a row that a student from Elmont Memorial is being accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools. Last year Harold Ekeh, another Nigerian got admissions to these schools before finally settling for Yale University.
Uwamanzu-Nna who wants to pursue a science-related major is yet to decide which school to accept, having until 31st May to make her decision.
In a press release, she mentioned her elation to be admitted into these schools.
“I am humbled by all of the college acceptance letters that I recently received… I am reminded that I have a responsibility to be a role model for others and use my experiences to encourage and inspire others, especially young women.”
She also gave credit to her parents for teaching her the importance of hard work, and her teachers for being dedicated to their work.
“My parents have always taught me the value of hard work, and I am very thankful for that. My teachers at Elmont Memorial have also played a major role in my development. Elmont Memorial is a very special place, where teachers start their days at 7 a.m. and leave very late in the evening. It is a school where teachers love children and are dedicated to academic achievement. My recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, my supportive parents and my dedicated teachers. I am elated, but most importantly, I am thankful.”
Last year, four Africans were accepted into these 8 prestigious universities. They were Harold Ekeh and Victor Agbafe from Nigeria, Kwasi Enin from Ghana and Somalia’s Munira Khalif