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Student gets accepted into 83 colleges, offered $3 million

PICTURED: American high school student Darrin Francois

AN AMERICAN high school student has been accepted into 83 colleges and been offered $3 million (£2.1 million) in scholarships.

Darrin Francois, who attends the International High School of New Orleans, was surprised by how many schools he received offers from.

“I just applied, applied, applied,” Francois told WGNO.

He added: “I didn’t know how many it was, so once they started to comet through the mail, I was like ‘oh my gosh, this many?’ Then they started coming more and more. Now, today, I have 83.”

The student’s mother, Bridget Francois, said: “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.”

Francois isn’t the only student at his school to have been sent a considerable amount of acceptance letters from higher education institutions across the country.

Around a dozen students at the school in New Orleans have been accepted into at least 20 colleges and also secured numerous scholarships.

It’s understood that this is the most scholarships the school’s students have received in one year.

Director of student support services, Rufus Mcgee, said: “I think we got on some of their nerves to be honest with you, but we continued to hammer at them to let them know that the world is yours, if you reach out and get it."

Staff at the school encouraged pupils to fill out multiple applications, an approach that they are crediting for the students’ success.

Francois has not yet chosen which of the 83 offers he will accept. He is currently considering a number of law schools.

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