Nigerian tennis teenager, Jumai Mohammed, has bagged a scholarship to study and play College tennis in the United States but lacks sponsorship to claim it.
The 19-year-old told Nigeria Tennis Live that she was offered an 80% scholarship at the Lewis and Clark Community College Benjamin Godfrey Campus, Illinois, USA, and all she is left to pay now is $7,000.
According to her, it has been difficult raising this amount of money as it is quite humongous for her and her family at this time.
The National Diploma 1 Business Admin student of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) said she has been approaching members of her club (The Lagos Lawn Tennis Club) for help, and they have made some promises to her.
She hopes to make the cut in good time, to be able to claim the scholarship and join her other counterparts in the institution to study and play College tennis.
“I don’t have the $7,000 already. I don’t even have anything out of it,” the fair complexioned tennis teenager started.
“I have been telling some members of the club and they have made promises, I’m positive something good will come out of those promises,” she added.
Asked what she got the scholarship to study, Jumai, an upstart of the famous Aces Tennis Academy, said she will be studying Liberal Arts and Humanities.
And even though she is already a student of LASPOTECH, she is ready to leave everything behind and focus on the opportunity from the American College.
“This is my first time of getting the scholarship… going to the US, I’ll have a higher standard of education as well as a more standard tennis training facilities.
“It will also further my tennis career as I wish to play for Nigeria in international tournaments like the Fed Cup and playing in the US will give me more access to that tennis growth and development,” a visibly excited Jumai explained.
She is the second player, after Mariam Alli-Balogun, who’s seeking Nigerians’ help to attend universities abroad after bagging partial scholarship.
Hopefully, well-meaning, kindhearted and tennis loving Nigerians will rise to this call by the kids to get sponsorship for their trips to get better at their tennis, while also studying for College degrees.
Nigeria Tennis Live will monitor the progress of the players as regards the scholarship and report to our teeming audience scattered across the globe.