Abidemi Idowu of Nigeria Awarded SGU’s Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship

By Jenny Casswell

Abidemi Idowu of Nigeria is one of the newest recipients of St. George's University's Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship. The scholarship will cover her full tuition for the duration of her program at St. George's University (SGU).

Idowu began her studies this autumn at SGU. She was selected from a pool of hundreds of applications primarily based on her academic excellence and strong commitment to her chosen discipline. Ms Idowu is doing a four-year Medical Doctor (MD) program.

Other students also awarded the scholarship were Ramit Relan of India, Juliet Enow of Cameroon and Marina Nimrod of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr Relan is also doing a four-year Medical Doctor (MD) program, while Ms Nimrod is pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Ms Enow a Master in Public Health (MPH).

The scholarship seeks to nurture and encourage students of superior academic caliber to strike out and impact the development of industry and healthcare in their home country. It recognizes students, typically from developing nations or small states, who are highly motivated and academically curious with a strong commitment to return to their countries as professionals in their areas of study.

“Receiving the Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship is first an achievement, and also an honor,” said Ms Idowu. “It validates my choice to become a doctor and is a source of motivation; to whom much is given, much more is expected and this scholarship has given me another reason to work hard.”

After graduating from SGU, she hopes to specialize in surgery or emergency medicine. “A lot of places in my home country have limited access to proper health care, especially emergency medical care,” she said. “I plan to start up something that will also benefit the rural areas, not just the developed towns, in my home country.”

“Receiving the Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship means being able to realize yet another dream along my career path,” said Ms Nimrod, an aspiring management consultant and entrepreneur. “I would like to use the skills and competencies I acquire at SGU to support efforts in my home country to develop entrepreneurs, especially in disadvantaged communities.

SGU launched the Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship program in 2013 to help academically gifted students with limited resources reach their potential. The four new scholarship awardees bring the number of Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarships already awarded to 19. St. George's University will grant a total of 60 Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarships in commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which was celebrated in 2012. The occasion marked her 60th year as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.