An auspicious student of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, Oluwadamilola Akintewe has been named among the top 10 finalist of Chegg Global Student Prize 2021.
Miss Oluwadamilola, a law undergraduate of AAUA was selected from over 3,500 nominations and applications from 94 countries around the world.
The Global Student Prize is a new $100,000 award to be given to one exceptional student that has made a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond.
The Varkey Foundation launched the Chegg.org Global Student Prize earlier this year, a sister award to its $1 million Global Teacher Prize, to create a powerful new platform that shines a light on the efforts of extraordinary students everywhere who, together, are reshaping our world for the better.
Chegg.org has partnered with the Varkey Foundation to create the new Global Student Prize.
Dan Rosensweig, CEO & President of Chegg, said: “While many stakeholders are busy debating, these students are busy doing. Congratulations to all the finalists of the Global Student Prize. They truly are the changemakers our world needs.”
Lila Thomas, Head of Chegg.org, said: “Oluwadamilola and all our finalists represent the courageous and hardworking students all over the world that are fighting for their future. Despite the challenges of COVID, this generation of students have shown the kind of resilience and creativity that give us all hope as we confront the towering challenges ahead.
“The Global Student Prize has been launched to shine a light on their stories and listen to their voices. After all, it is their dreams and their talents that will light the path to a better tomorrow.”
Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Oluwadamilola for reaching the final 10. Her story clearly highlights the importance of education in tackling the great challenges ahead – from climate change to growing inequality to global pandemics. It is only by prioritizing education that we can safeguard all our tomorrows. Education is the key to facing the future with confidence.”
The other top 10 finalists for the Global Student Prize 2021 are Amisa Rashid from Kenya, Elliott Lancaster from the UK, Jeremiah Thoronka from Sierra Leone, Kehkashan Basu from Canada, Lamya Butt from the UAE, Matine Khalighi from the US, Mirko Cazzato from Italy, Ana Julia Monteiro de Carvalho from Brazil and Seema Kumari from India.
The winner will be chosen from the top 10 finalists by the Global Student Prize Academy, made up of prominent individuals.
The winner will be announced on November 10 via a virtual ceremony taking place at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.