24 Jul Chinenye Ezeakor – 2011/2012 Scholarship Recipient
The 2011/2012 Scholarship year produced eight shortlisted candidates; four of them were able to meet all the requirements stipulated in our scholarship brochure. They have all been awarded their funds and we are catching up with each of them to hear what they have done or intend to do with the funds they received and how it has helped them in their educational pursuits.
The first person we caught up with is Chinenye Ezeakor from Nigeria, this is her story:
WAAW: Introduce yourself and your educational background.
Chinenye: My name is Chinenye Ezeakor. I’m a Nigerian, and an undergraduate at the University Of Port Harcourt, studying Electrical/Electronics Engineering. I come from a family of four girls, and have been driven by a passion of becoming a well qualified and sought after engineer. I’ve always been fascinated by the wonders of Science, and this has helped boost my love for Science.
WAAW: How did you first hear of WAAW Foundation scholarship program?
Chinenye: I heard of the WAAW Foundation Scholarship from one of my lecturers. She encouraged me to apply, knowing that I was capable of receiving it and also knowing I deserved it.
WAAW: How has the scholarship helped you in your educational pursuits?
Chinenye: As a WAAW Foundation Scholarship recipient, I have been able to use my scholarship funds to enroll in some of my core classes and a networking class. This is a course I would ordinarily not be taught in school, but as my passion for knowledge increases, I have been able to achieve this.
WAAW: How is WAAW scholarship going to help you in realizing your plans for the future?
Chinenye: As a WAAW Scholarship recipient, I know the funds I would receive, would help me actualize my dreams of becoming a well grounded engineer. This is possible by me being able to partake in programmes and classes, that ordinarily I would not have been able to. Also, I would be able to purchase books and materials, that would assist me in my goal of becoming an engineer.
WAAW: What would you like to do when you graduate from school?
Chinenye: When I am done with my undergraduate degree in the University, I would like to continue to a Masters degree (preferably in a developed country). This is very important to me, as I would be able to acquire more knowledge on my field of study. I would also like to get a good job in a telecommunications industry, as this is an ever growing technological field.
WAAW: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Chinenye: People are usually surprised knowing how strong I am emotionally and mentally. This can most times be attributed to my small physique. As such, they tend to be surprised when I tell them my field of study, and also how passionate I am about science and technology.
WAAW: How would someone describe you?
Chinenye: I could be described as a smart talented young woman, who is not afraid to face challenges, and also stand up for what she strongly believes in.
WAAW: What else do you have to say to WAAW Foundation?
Chinenye: I would finally like to say a big thank you to WAAW Foundation and her sponsors, for this opportunity given to several young ladies in Africa. Kudos to what you are doing, and may God bless you richly for believing in me.
Ebele Agu is a volunteer Media Director/CIO for WAAW Foundation.