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Monday, March 21, 2022

Black Teen Gets Accepted into Nearly 50 Colleges, Offered More Than $1M in Scholarships

Mackenzie Thompson

Nationwide — Makenzie Thompson, a high school student from South Fulton, Georgia, has been accepted to nearly 50 colleges. She said she was amazed when she realized she has also been awarded a total of more than $1.3 million in scholarships.

“Once I hit a million I was like that’s kind of crazy. Like people don’t make a million in their lifetime,” Makenzie excitedly told WSB-TV.

Makenzie, who is an honors student at Westlake High School in Atlanta, is also the Senior Class President and co-captain of the dance team. She volunteers at a local veterinarian clinic while doing work-based learning there as well.

Makenzie recently received acceptance letters from schools such as the University of Georgia, Delaware State University, Ohio State University, Xavier University, Purdue University, and many more that the list showing her college acceptances in their school wall could not fit them all. Each university offered her scholarships ranging from thousands of dollars to full-rides.

Makenzie’s school and her parents said she is really hardworking and they were proud of her achievement.

“Everything that she does is for excellence and academics,” said Makenzie’s principal Jarvis Adams.

“She knew what she wanted. And she knew what it was going to take to get there,” said her father Stephen Thompson.

Meanwhile, Makenzie has chosen to go to Tuskegee University, which offered her full tuition and books, to study animal science and pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Makenzie expressed her joy about her accomplishment.

“Oh I am extremely proud of myself. It’s been a long time coming. A lot of long nights,” she said.