Texas Senior Earns 20 Full Rides To Country's Top Colleges | KERA News

Texas Senior Earns 20 Full Rides To Country's Top Colleges

Apr 2, 2018

For a high school senior, receiving a big envelope from a college is a good sign. It likely contains an acceptance letter, ending the waiting game and green-lighting the next adventure.

Micheal Brown, a 17-year-old at Lamar High School in Houston, would know — he’s received one from all 20 elite, highly selective colleges he applied to, including four Ivy League schools, The New York Times reported. On top of that, he was offered a full ride at each college through a combination of merit - and financial-based scholarships and grants.

“I cried because I realized that there was a chance that my child would get the education he deserves — the one I could not afford to pay for,” his mother Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, a drug counselor, told the Times.

He also earned about $260,000 through scholarships outside of the college application process. 

Brown had a 4.68 grade point average when he applied to college, an SAT score of 1540 out of 1600 and an ACT score of 34 out of 36. He competed on the school debate team, completed internships and participated in school activities as well.

Brown got into “elite private schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Stanford and Georgetown — his top picks. He was also admitted to small but highly selective liberal arts schools like Pomona College and large public universities like the University of Michigan,” according to the Times. 

Stanford was a big get for Brown. His mother said he had been dreaming of attending the California school for years. He was accepted in December. 

With so many choices, Brown’s currently undecided, but he plans to major in political science and become a lawyer or public defender. 

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