Black teen gets accepted into 83 colleges and receives $3 million in scholarships

Mildred Europa Taylor April 19, 2018
Darrin Francois

At a time when admission seasons are getting highly competitive, a few high school students are beating the odds in rather incredible ways.

Darrin Francois, a New Orleans high school student is one of them. He has received acceptances to over 80 colleges and the congratulatory letters just keep coming.

“I just applied, applied, applied. I didn’t know how many it was, so once they started to come through the mail, I was like oh my gosh, this many? Then, they started coming more and more. Now, today, I have 83 now,” Francois told WGNO.

These acceptance letters include more than $3 million in scholarships and his mother, Bridget is elated over the development.

“Eighty-three colleges? That is wonderful, that is a blessing from God. I’m very proud, a proud mother to see my son go forward into his success and go forward into his goals,” she said.

Black teen gets accepted into 83 colleges and receives $3 million in scholarships

Darrin Francois with colleagues — WGNO

Meanwhile, other students have achieved a similar feat from his school as about a dozen of them has received at least 20 acceptance letters with heavy scholarships, according to school authorities.

Many of the students say the scholarship money, as well as their life goals, are major deciding factors and Francois agrees with them.

He is yet to officially choose a school but considering several law schools, especially one with a big financial package, he said.

Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: April 19, 2018


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