Wonuola Obasa, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
Notable: Was born in rural Nigeria. Plans to study medicine at Harvard.
High school resume:
National Merit Semifinalist
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Scholar
AP Scholar with Distinction
Questbridge Quest for Excellence New Americans Award
Future Leader in Who’s Who in Black Cleveland 13th Edition
Plans for the future: Practice as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Ultimately, hopes to have a role in reforming U.S. healthcare policy and ensuring equal access to the nation’s healthcare system.
Challenges faced: Time management and handling a rigorous course load that was beyond his grade level.
Who deserves the most credit for his success? His mother, who studied to become a licensed practical nurse and worked nights to support her family. Despite her struggles, she always stressed the importance of using education and college to achieve personal and financial success.
Quote: “Being an immigrant and having a low-income status has caused me to realize that labels don’t define who I am or my future and that I can achieve anything through hard work and perseverance.”