Houston Teen Applies to 20 Prestigious Colleges, and Gets in (With Full Rides!) to Every Single One of Them
From Stanford to Harvard, Micheal Brown has the pick of the litter.
Micheal Brown's exceptional winning streak came to an end last week. From Stanford to Harvard, the 18 year old from Houston's Third Ward got into—and received full rides to—all 20 of the colleges he applied to, including four Ivy League schools.
"He actually earned it," Micheal's mom, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, told The New York Times. "I always knew Mike would get into a good school. I always knew he'd get good scholarship support. But I never imagined this."
Brown, 17, is a senior at Lamar High School in Houston, where, with 3,300 students, more than half of the student body is considered at risk of dropping out.
"If you look strictly at statistics and demographics, then the cards were stacked against him," Lamar High School principal James McSwain told the Houston Chronicle.
Brown more than rose to the challenge. When he was applying, he boasted a 4.68 GPA, an SAT score of 1540 out of 1600 and an ACT score of 34 out of 36. He also volunteered, worked on a political campaign, and was active in extracurricular activities like Key Club, debate team and student government, the Times reports.
Despite his accomplishments, Brown gives his mom much of the credit for his success.
"After she got divorced, she decided she needed to get a better job," he told the Chronicle. Rutledge-Brown enrolled at Houston Community College when Brown was 8 or 9 years old, and he watched his mom work hard to become a licensed counselor.
"That's the first time I understood what going to college might look like," he said. "And seeing how important it was to my mom was important to me. I don't even think she really knew that I saw, that it had an impact on me—but it did."
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Brown not only got into all 20 of the highly selective schools he applied to, he was awarded about $260,000 through scholarships he sought outside of the college application process.
Brown told the Chronicle that he hasn't made a final decision yet, but he has narrowed his list to seven schools. "In no particular order," they are: Northwestern, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Stanford. But he predicts that his final decision will be between Harvard and Stanford.
Whatever he chooses, we're rooting for you Michael!