Teen Accepted to Over 50 Colleges With $1.3 Million in Scholarships

A Westlake High School senior has gotten acceptance letters from more than 50 universities, as well as scholarships totaling more than $1.3 million. Daya Brown, a participant of the Harvard Diversity Project and student council president in high school, stated that her ultimate objective was to not have to pay for college.

She explained that she got this far with her scholarship and college applications because she began the process very early. “I started that process during my sophomore year, started listing out every college that I wanted to go to.”

“I was already looking at scholarships. In each quarter, I’m writing down a different goal,” she told 11Alive.com. “Colleges have made it so easy. You have virtual visits. Go to those visits, make sure you do your research.”

Dedicating three hours a day to applications, over nearly four months, Brown further indicated that “colleges love the uniqueness about applications.”

“Sign up for those internships and go apply for that job. Go to that volunteer experience because they want to see who you are as a person,” she advised.

Brown faced difficulties along the way, but she overcame them all and sought financial assistance when necessary. She stated that her motivation originated from her pain. “Black people were once in a point where education was not an option. And I think with this accomplishment specifically, it has really made me like think I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.”

Brown has her own production company, with a charity podcast called The Scholar Social, which teaches teenagers about current events in a creative way, she explained. “I believe that basic dialogues are our best method to express ourselves in this generation.”

Brown’s parents, particularly her mother, are extremely proud of her accomplishments. She is currently planning to attend Duke University to study production or journalism. She chose those two because she enjoys delivering stories and having an impact on people, according to the Atlanta teen.

“It’s all about how I make people feel. I don’t care if you remember my name, it doesn’t matter how many accomplishments I have. At the end of the day if I impacted you, that’s all that matters,” Brown said.


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