HOUSTON – Micheal Brown stared at the acceptance letter before him: he said yes.
So did the next one. 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 CNN student.
Of these 20, he gave his eight best choices: Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt
Currently a senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, Michael has been strong in for years involved the debating team at his school, the mock trial, and the student government. He 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. In December, he received his first intake, deciding to do it with a friend to relieve pressure on his entire family to be.
"My family had high expectations and perhaps did not know how competitive this process is," he said
But he still invited his biggest backer – his mother.
Berthinia Rutledge-Brown filmed as Michael stood shocked at the computer while his friends gathered around him excitedly.
Stanford, of course, said yes.
"After 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. [March59004] 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. 19659004] They are both still shocked by the offers of the college and the university.
Encourage others to dream
But he did not just want to talk about his own accomplishments.
"For me, it's important to emphasize that I am not the only student of color attaining," the teenager notes.
He has countless friends through organizations such as QuestBridge, Emerge Fellowship and Breakthrough Collaborative, which bring students from low-income communities with higher education opportunities
Indeed, thanks to these initiatives, Michael has at least one friend in every single Ivy League school. He emphasized the importance of using his platform to show other kids that they can dream big too.
"I want people to be informed and get access to these programs," he said.
The high flyer will spend Over the next 30 days, he will visit more 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 Race in America by Rustic Pathways.