My name is Chilaka, Jonathan Nzubechi  and some of my friends call me “jonadium”. I hail from Ezinihitte mbaise LGA in Imo state and I am the first of 3 children. I was born and raised in the commercial city of Aba, Abia state Nigeria where I also had my primary and secondary education.  In 2018, I obtained a BSc in Chemistry with First class (Hons) from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, and had my name added to the Dean’s Roll of Honour. As a first generation graduate in the family, obtaining a BSc was a big achievement but my goal is bigger than a BSc. I would love to continue my graduate studies in the field of Chemistry with research interest in organic synthesis.  My dream of getting into graduate school in America came to a halt because of the funds needed to take the English proficiency test, Graduate record examination and make other documents available. Coming across the Michael Taiwo Scholarship advert on a group “First Class Leaders Network” I looked up the website – , and I could sense a panacea to my challenges so I did not hesitate to apply because it promises not just the provision of funds for the necessary tests and application fees but also mentorship from scholars who have first-hand experience of the challenges and limitations that come with pursuing graduate studies abroad. And with this scholarship, my dream has been resuscitated. Having scaled through the tough hurdles of getting a degree from a Nigerian University, I have no iota of doubt that I will do well in my graduate studies abroad. Besides academics, I sing, I love football and I am a big fan of Chelsea FC.