Michael Brown stared at the acceptance letter in front of him: he said yes.
So the next one made. And the after that.
The 17-year-old from Houston has applied to 20 of the best universities in the United States. He was admitted to each individual with a full ride and $ 260,000 in additional scholarship offers.
"It's something I'm proud of, because I see my hard work pays off, determination pays off, victims pay off," said the student CNN
Of those 20, he gave his first eight Choices Available to: Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt
Currently a senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, Michael has been deeply involved with his school's debating team, the mock trial, and student government for years , He has also volunteered for political campaigns, citing his interest in "the moment I saw Barack Obama elected."
He has a major in political science, but is also considering a second degree in economics.
The First Letter
When he received his first recording in December, he decided to do it with a friend to relieve the pressure on his entire family.
"My family had high expectations and might not know how competitive the process is." He said
But he still invited his biggest backer – his mother.
Berthinia Rutledge-Brown filmed as Michael stood shocked by the computer while his friends gathered around him excitedly.
Of course, Stanford said yes.
"After the sixth grade, Mike was in control of his education," the proud mother recalled. "He was focused, he knew what he wanted and he made his own decisions."
The Devotion of a Mother
Rutledge-Brown lost three babies before he became pregnant with Michael. When she finally had a son, she poured out all her energy to give him the best she could.
He received only one B during his entire academic career, which was very difficult for the scorer. [March59003] On March 28, Michael opened the last four admissions decisions that would mark his 20-school strip.
His mother, who has two jobs as a licensed chemical dependency consultant, took the afternoon off to be with him. 19659003] They are both still shocked by the offers of the college and the university.
Challenge others to dream
But he did not just want to talk about his own accomplishments.
For me, it's important to emphasize that I'm not the only student of the color to reach, "said the teenager.
He has met countless friends through organizations such as QuestBridge, Emerge Fellowship and Breakthrough Collaborative, which bring students from low-income communities with higher education opportunities together. [InfactthankstotheseinitiativesMichaelhasatleastonefriendateachIvyLeagueschoolemphasizingtheimportanceofusinghisplatformtoshowotherkidsthattheycanalsodreambig "I want people to be informed and get access to the same programs," he said.
The high-flyers w Spend Earths Over the next 30 days, he will visit additional schools before making his final decision on May 1st.
And he does not take a break until the fall.
This summer, he will spend two weeks traveling in cities for which he has long fought racial justice as part of Rustic Pathways' "Race in America".