A New Orleans teenager got accepted into 83 colleges and was awarded millions of dollars in scholarships.
International High School of New Orleans senior Darrin Francois said he doesn’t remember applying to so many schools, but he and his family are celebrating this huge achievement, WGNO ABC reports.
“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 more and more. Now, today, I have 83 now,” he said.
About a dozen students at the school got into 20 colleges and more, but Francois set a record at his school.
His mother, Bridget, said she was very proud of her son’s accomplishment.
“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,” said Bridget.
Students at the school say that the amount of scholarship money they receive from each school will help sway them toward their final decision.
School officials incorporated applying to colleges as part of their students daily routine.
“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,” said the director of student support services, Rufus Mcgee.
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