UDUS' Graduate Wins International Scholarship [PHOTOS]

PHOTO: Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) Graduate Hameed Sodiq a Graduate of Veterinary Medicine, 2018/2019 Academic Session with 4.86 CGPA Wins Erasmus Mundus International Scholarship Award [READ FULL STORY].

Hameed Sodiq Ayobami, a graduate of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto has won the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to continue his Masters in Vaccinology.

The scholarship which is sponsored by European Union and one of the most prestigious in the world is to study jointly in 5 universities in three European countries which are: France, Spain, and Belgium.

Hameed Sodiq is a graduate of Veterinary Medicine, 2018/2019 acadamic session, who graduated with 4.86 CGPA. The Oyo state native while an undergraduate, had bagged several awards.

Some of which are: Overall best student Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Best student in Veterinary Pharmacology, Best student in Veterinary Surgery, Best student in Avian Medicine and Best student in Theriogenology.

He has also represented his faculty in five inter-faculty quiz competitions and the university in two inter-varsity quiz competitions.

Hameed Sodiq told Pen Press UDUS that he heard of the scholarship from his mentor; a graduate of LAUTech who is also a beneficiary of the scholarship. He revealed that after going through their site, he felt it was too challenging to win it because of the hectic procedures, its competitiveness and thorough examination.

He said: “I doubted myself, because of the challenging stages, the test, the interview, and all. And coupled with the fact that I was to compete with medical students from around the world. I studied veterinary medicine, I always felt these other guys would have a more in-depth knowledge of medical sciences than I.

“So after going through the site (Erasmus Mundus Scholarship). I felt it was too challenging to win. They’re looking for Medical Doctors, Veterinary Doctors, Pharmacists and Biochemists from all over the world, with only 22 scholarship positions available.

“I found out that that it’s quite different from other regular scholarship I had been applying because it requires taking a prerequisite test on 6 major subject areas which are: cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology and virology."

Sodiq said that out of the 905 applicants of the scholarship, only he and 20 others made it to the scholarship's shortlist, with he coming 7th worldwide in the scholarship assessment, 1st in Nigeria and 2nd in Africa.

As a way of advice to undergraduate students who would want to grace similar heights, he admonished them to be versed in opportunities like this and as well be committed and dedicated to what they are doing and shouldn't be discouraged because of rejection(s).

“They should be proactive and look out for opportunities. Winning any scholarship requires a lot of commitment and dedication. They shouldn’t get discouraged because of rejections. I have been rejected in more than 10 scholarships before I eventually got this."

He added: “Then I would like the student's associations to be organizing orientation programs for first class students. Many of us lack the orientation, I also learned all about scholarship after graduation. Many students elsewhere have the orientation before graduation and it makes the process easier for them. Then they should try to find mentors after graduation."