December 6, 2022

Nigerian-American teen Rotimi Kukoyi accepted to 15 top universities and offered $2 million in scholarships

Rotimi Kukoyi, a high school senior from Hoover, Alabama, attends his graduation ceremony.
Rotimi Kukoyi, a high school senior from Hoover, Alabama, attends his graduation ceremony.

Son of Nigerian immigrants, Alabama teenager Rotimi Kukoyi has been accepted to 15 top universities and awarded over $2 million in merit based scholarship offers.

Kukoyi is a National Merit Scholar and was accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Emory, Rice, Johns Hopkins, Duke, the University of Alabama, Case Western Reserve University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University and Washington University in St. Louis.

He has decided to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full ride Morehead-Cain scholarship and will be studying Health Policy and Management. 

“As a child of immigrants who came to the United States to secure a better future for themselves and their children through the American education system, I’ve always aspired to graduate from high school. The past 13 years of hard work have paid off, and I’m incredibly optimistic for what lies ahead,” said Rotimi Kukoyi in an Instagram post.

Rotimi Kukoyi is the first black National Merit scholar from his high school in Hoover, Alabama. He also appeared on the popular television show “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament as a freshman in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited for the next four years, where I will be receiving a unique Health Policy & Management degree from the nationally ranked Gillings School of Public Health. At UNC, I hope to lay the foundations of a career driving health equity in our nation. With this scholarship, I’ll be a student of life, with the world as my classroom and my experiences as my tests,” said Kukoyi on Instagram.

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