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I am proud to introduce the i-Scholar Initiative (iSI) to my LinkedIn network!

Our overarching vision is to help accelerate Africa’s transformation by expanding the pipeline of change agents capable of driving leadership, innovation, and overall development within the continent and across diaspora.

Currently, the talent pipeline in Africa tends to favor the privileged elite, with access to global education becoming a key determinant of successful career outcomes. This imbalance leaves many talented yet less fortunate graduates from African universities with unrealized dreams, untapped potential, and compromised economic trajectories.

iSI, a volunteer-based non-profit, acts as a vital bridge, empowering these graduates to pursue fully funded Master’s and Ph.D. programs globally. We cover standardized test costs and a set number of applications fees; we also provide end-to-end mentoring throughout the application process and during their graduate studies.

The 2024 application portal for i-scholar scholarships opens

Since 2019, our focus has primarily been in Nigeria, achieving an impressive 5X growth in sponsorships within the first four years. With an investment of about $160,000, we’ve sponsored over 255 scholars, accessing scholarships totaling over $25 million.

For aspiring scholars, our application portal is now open until Thursday, February 8th. In 2024, our goal is to support an additional 100 scholars… a remarkable 7X growth in five years! Our strategic plan includes expanding to more African countries, replicating our success in Nigeria and broadening our reach.

iSI operates on donor funding, and is governed by accomplished leaders on a pro bono basis, supported by a team of passionate global volunteers. We’re always seeking partners, ambassadors, and volunteers to join our mission.

Click the link https://lnkd.in/gMhJ7dWG to learn more and to become part of the lasting impact we’re creating!

  • Tolu Ewherido

(Ms. Ewherido, a former President/VP of Exploration in Africa, Canada, Brazil & Asia Pacific at ExxonMobil, is the Chair of the Board of Trustees (BOT), i-Scholar Initiative.)

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