Kenwood Academy Graduate Accepted Into 26 Universities, Receives $3 Million In Scholarships

Arianna Alexander is a very popular girl. The Kenwood Academy valedictorian has been accepted into 26 universities and has been offered over $3 million in scholarship money too.

CBS News reported that because of the amount of money that has been offered to Alexander, she is now a scholarship record-breaker.

Alexander admitted to ABC 7, “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.”

Alexander is so sought after because she graduated with a 5.1 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. There is a slight discrepancy in Alexander’s story; CBS reported that she has been accepted into 20 schools while ABC insist that it was 26. Either way, she is a very in demand individual.

Eight of these offers are believed to have come from the 10 Ivy league schools in the USA, and Arianna is fully aware of just how lucky she is.

“I feel like it means I can afford college and I don’t have to worry about it. I feel like that’s an issue for a lot of people my age,” she remarked.

And despite the avalanche of offers that have come her way, Arianna admits that she has already decided what school she is going to attend. After careful consideration, the Chicago Hyde Park native is going to attend the University of Pennsylvania, a decision that she reached after a discussion with her teacher, Paul Brush.

This is only the beginning for Arianna because she has already mapped out her future. Arianna wants to become an entrepreneur and plans on owning four restaurants. In fact, she is already working on the menus for these establishments.

Kenwood Academy has seen scholarship offers rise exponentially over the last few years. Three years ago, seniors at the school were offered $18 million. This year, it’s just under $40 million.

Kenwood Principal Gregory Jones explained that this impressive amount is down to the school’s intense focus to not only make sure their children get into college but to find the money that will then pay for it.

“We ensure you that over four years, if the student has performed academically, that we’re going position them well for the next step along the academic journey.”

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