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Chicago High School Valedictorian Scores Acceptance to 26 Universities and Earns $3 Million in Scholarships

2018756E-E80C-4407-8560-0BEDA5A4D67B_zps2jns42hc.jpgCHICAGO, IL - Have you heard about a Chicago high school graduate who is making headlines after she was accepted to more than two dozen colleges and earned $3 million in scholarships? Well now you have!

Yes! Kenwood Academy valedictorian Arianna Alexander finished high school with a 5.1 grade-point average on the 4.0 scale (WOW) and has been accepted to 26 colleges (including six Ivy League schools). Her scholarship offers total more than $3 million, but Alexander, who wants to be an entrepreneur decided to take the offer from the University of Pennsylvania, according to source.

"It was a lot to take in. I received emails, letters. It was just like 'Come here, come here!' They were bombarding me with all this information," Arianna told WLS.

Alexander is from Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and is the baby of her family. She has three older siblings.

"I feel like it means I can afford college and I don't have to worry about it.  I feel like that's an issues for a lot of people my age," she told WLS.

Her father, Pierre Alexander, encouraged her, after another Kenwood student was offered more than $1 million in scholarships a few years ago.

"I planted the seed in Arianna's mind that you can do the same thing. So when the process got started and a million was achieved, let's go for two. I said let's go for three, and she did it!" He said.

Her family has also influenced her. Arianna recounted her dad's words: "Work hard, pray on  it, and don't give it. No matter what happens, you did your best."

"So as long as you work hard, I feel like there is always a way for you," Arianna said. After college, she plans to own four restaurants and already working on the menus. 

Congratulations on her awesome achievements and accomplishments and we wish her the best in her future endeavors, we at D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign know she will do well.



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