Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation Scholar Admitted to Medical School
By Alicia Nelson on Friday, January 24th, 2014
There haven’t been Peace Corps Volunteers in Nigeria since 1995 (the program was active from 1961-1976 and 1992-1995), but that hasn’t stopped Nigeria Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) from continuing to give back to their country of service.
Omazonna Amadi, who received a Young Women’s Scholarship Award from the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) two years ago, has been selected to attend the University of Kentucky’s School of Medicine.
Last spring Amadi graduated with a degree in chemistry from Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. A faculty member described her as “extremely motivated and hard working, with a deep desire to help improve the healthcare system in Nigeria.”
PCNAF became aware of Amadi’s impressive academic accomplishments and her commitment to community service when she was selected as one of the first recipients of the Young Women’s Scholarship Award. The program was created in an effort to help ease the financial burden of female Nigerian students in the D.C. and Baltimore areas with outstanding academic and leadership potential. Since the international student visa (F1) restricts outside employment, these students often face significant difficulties securing the funds needed to complete their undergraduate studies.
“It has been a long and not so easy journey for me, and I would like to say thank you to the organization for your financial help and for letting me be a part of something important and life changing,” Amadi says in a letter to PCNAF.
PCNAF was formed by a small group of former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Nigeria. Its mission is to help reduce poverty and foster economic growth in Nigeria through programs that promote equity and access to quality education. The organization believes educating women and girls is a key to Nigeria’s economic development.
To learn more about PCNAF, visit the organization’s website at www.pcnaf.org.