Amazing-Grace Ighedo Wins USA National Merit Scholarship

Amazing-Grace Ighedo, a nursing student receives national merit scholarship in the United States of America as the overall winner.

Amazing-Grace Ighedo of Mount Mercy University was inspired to pursue a career in nursing after surviving a ghastly car accident in Nigeria when she was just 16 years old.

She immigrated to the U.S. in 2009 to start a family with her spouse, which gave her the opportunity to pursue that dream. Despite being a mother of three with no previous background in the sciences, Amazing-Grace has been awarded the Outstanding Student Award, has been on the Dean’s List every semester, and maintained a 4.0 GPA.

She is an active volunteer at the free clinic in her community as well as her church, and she often tutors students. Her long-term career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist and work in under-served communities.

Each year, Minority Nurse awards scholarships to three outstanding nursing students. The scholarship committee received a record-breaking 107 scholarship applications.

The scholarship committee, formed by members of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, reviewed each application and selected its winners after much deliberation.