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Jasmine Harrison. (WMFY)
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High school student amasses whopping $4.5M worth of college scholarships

By WITW Staff on May 1, 2018

A 17-year-old girl from North Carolina has put together a remarkable academic scholarship haul as she approaches her high school graduation. Jasmine Harrison will graduate later this month from The Academy at Smith high school in Greensboro, North Carolina. She’s expected to finish with a 4.0 GPA, a feat that certainly got the attention of admissions offices at numerous colleges and universities. All told, Harrison was accepted into an astonishing 113 colleges all around the nation — and awarded $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships.

“When I got the first couple in a row, I was like, wow — is this really happening,” Harrison recalled to Taheshah Moise, a reporter for the local news station WFMY. “I didn’t really think I could do that by myself.”

Forget the scholarships for a second — just applying to that many school is an achievement unto itself. How did she do it? She got a little bit of help. She was often burning the midnight oil while filling out applications with her mother, and the pair also found inspiration from music when monotony set in.

“On those late nights when I was filling out those applications with my mom and we just felt like we cannot do this, we just ended up singing gospel songs together to get through the night.” Harrison said.

She finally decided to attend Bennett College in Greensboro on a full scholarship. The school welcomed her to the fold with a tweet acknowledging her remarkable success in academics — and applying for schools.

For more on the story, watch the video below.

Read the full story at WFMY News.


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