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Black Teen Gets Accepted to More than 80 Colleges, Receives $3 million in Scholarships

Darrin Francois takes the win when it comes to the number of congratulatory letters from schools across the country – more than 80 colleges accepted the New Orleans high school senior.

“I just applied, applied, applied. I didn’t know how many it was, so once they started to come through the mail, I was like oh my gosh, this many? Then, they started coming more and more. Now, today, I have 83 now,” Francois told WGNO.

The acceptance letters include more than $3 million in scholarships.

This is a pleasing number to Francois’ mom, Bridget.

“Eighty-three colleges? That is wonderful, that is a blessing from God. I’m very proud, a proud mother to see my son go forward into his success and go forward into his goals,” she said.

Darrin Francois with colleagues — WGNO

Meanwhile, other students have achieved a similar feat from his school as about a dozen of them has received at least 20 acceptance letters with heavy scholarships, according to school authorities.

Many of the students say the scholarship money, as well as their life goals, are major deciding factors and Francois agrees with them.

He is yet to officially choose a school but considering several law schools, especially one with a big financial package, he said.

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