Gifted

Girl, 17, who dropped out of high school earns more than $2M worth of scholarships from top universities

Corrine Weeks. (Facebook)

A 17-year-old girl who dropped out of high school to attend a special program for gifted students is being offered full scholarships from top universities that hope to lure the brilliant teenager to enter their grad school programs.

Corinne Weeks, an Ohio native, left her local high school at age 14 to enroll in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin University in Virginia to begin working on her college degree. After just three years studying at the women’s college at MBU, Weeks is slated to earn her degree with a 4.0 GPA in May. Weeks, who majored in Applied Mathematics with minors in Chemistry and Physics, has also presented research on the effects of bisphenol S, an organic compound used in plastics that is now commonly found in the human body. The teenager has reportedly already garnered full scholarship offers worth in excess of $2 million from Stanford, Princeton, and other schools with highly-touted chemical engineering programs.

For Corinne, her favorite part of the program wasn’t being able to accelerate her degree, but, rather, being able to spend time with her classmates — a group of about 60 similarly gifted teenage girls.

“It’s normal for us,” said Corinne. “I’m surrounded by other people doing ambitious things.”

Back home, Corinne’s sister, 15-year-old Camille, is preparing to follow in her sister’s footsteps — by becoming a freshman at Mary Baldwin herself.

Read the full story at Cincinnati.com.

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