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Black Teen Accepted into 140 Colleges, Makes History With $5M in Scholarship Awards


18-year-old Jada Jerrelle Brown, an African American college-bound student from New Orleans, has been accepted into 141 colleges and universities and awarded $5 million in scholarships.


“I’m very happy, blessed, thankful, I was a little overwhelmed but I’m good,” Brown told WGNO.


With over $5 million scholarships under her belt, she has received the highest amount of scholarship offers in the U.S. given to one student so far this year.


Meanwhile, Brown has already chosen where she will attend college out of the 141 offers. She has decided to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she plans to study dentistry.


Sen. Bill Cassidy from Louisiana even took some time to chat with her and acknowledge the scholar’s outstanding academic achievement.




Brown is motivated to be the change she wants to see in the world. She offered encouraging words to others about pursuing their dreams and pushing past negativity.


“Never give up. Never let anybody’s opinions on you dictate your life. So don’t let anyone’s opinions control what you do in life, just do it for you. This is your life. Live it and don’t give up,” Brown said in the news video.



WGNO referred to Brown as the ‘$5 million-dollar girl. According to the station, Brown racked up more money than any high school student in the U.S. this year. Brown said she did not even know there were 141 colleges and universities. Locations of some of them were unfamiliar to her as she tried to piece together more details while opening folders with acceptance letters and details enclosed.


“I’m very happy, blessed, thankful. I was a little overwhelmed but now I’m good,” Brown said, during the interview.


Brown can exhale now. She’s picked a college. The International High School of New Orleans graduate decided to stick close to home and attend Louisiana State University when the next phase of her academic journey begins. Brown also aspires to become a dentist, according to WGNO.


Written by How Africa News

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