IN HIGH DEMAND: Arianna Alexander was accepted into 26 colleges – including six Ivy League universities
A HIGH school senior from Chicago has no need to stress over tuition fees after she was accepted by 26 universities that have offered her more than $3 million in scholarship money.
Arianna Alexander was accepted into 26 colleges – including six Ivy League universities – and was awarded a combined total of more than $3 million in scholarships, ABC’s Chicago station WLS reported.
Alexander graduated as valedictorian of her class at Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a 5.1 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
"It was a lot to take in. I received emails, letters. It was just like, ‘Come here, come here!’ They were bombarding me with all this information,” Arianna told WLS.
Among all the acceptances were scholarship offers that mean Alexander can afford to study further and not worry about the cost.
The teenager was inspired to aim high with encouragement from her parents and seeing a previous Kenwood student awarded with about $1 million in scholarships.
“I planted the seed in Arianna’s mind that you can do the same thing,” her father Pierre Alexander told WLS.
“So when the process got started and a million was achieved, let’s go for two. I said let’s go for three and she did it,” he added.
Ultimately, Alexander sorted through her dozens of options and made the decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania this autumn, thanks to the advice from one of her teachers, Paul Brush, WLS reported.
“He said, ‘Do you know about the Wharton School of Business? ‘I said, 'I have no idea what you’re talking about'."
The Gates Scholarship recipient plans to become an entrepreneur and she’s already starting the groundwork on the menus for the four restaurants she plans to own.