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Drury graduate receives scholarship to attend Washington University tuition-free

For Immediate Release: June 11

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
University Communications
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 11, 2010 –Recent Drury graduate Victor Akunyili (Ah-koon-nyee-lee) received the 2010 Harold P. Brown Engineering Fellowship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis this fall. The scholarship will grant Akunyili full-tuition for his two years of study.

Each year, Washington University awards one full-tuition Brown Fellowship scholarship and several additional half-tuition scholarships. Applicants are selected based on academic record, recommendations, essay writing, extracurricular involvement and professional achievement potential.

While at Washington University, Akunyili hopes to complete his degree, land a successful job and start a family. But for now, he’s taking time to relax.  "I’m using this summer break to catch up on my hobbies," said Akunyili. "I put video-games on hold for most of my Drury career."

Born and raised in Nigeria, Akunyili first heard about Drury from his older sister who preceded him at Drury. Victor received a full-ride as a Trustee Scholar, and he graduated in May of this year with majors in math and physics and a minor in global studies.

Akunyili is taking advantage of an agreement Drury has with Washington University and the University of Missouri that allows students to complete a liberal arts degree at Drury and then pursue an engineering degree at either Washington University or Missouri.

More information on the Dual Degree Engineering Program

As a freshman, Akunyili received the Willard L. Graves Award for outstanding achievement in math, and was awarded the Judge Warren L. White Scholar Award in 2007. He was recognized by fellow students and Drury faculty as the "Outstanding Chemistry Student" during his freshman year and "Outstanding Math Student" during his senior year.

"I couldn’t have done it without the immense support of my friends and the Drury faculty," said Akunyili. "Whether it was simply sitting down with friends and chatting after a long day at the commons, or a professor who worked around a tight deadline to help me get a recommendation for an internship; elements such as these came together to make my journey through Drury University a successful one."


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