Georgia teen gets accepted to 231 universities with over $14 million in scholarships

Dollita Okine May 21, 2024
With a full scholarship to High Point University, Madison Crowell, a Liberty County High School senior, will see her dreams come true in the fall. Photo Credit: Madison Crowell, GMA

With a full scholarship to High Point University, Madison Crowell, a Liberty County High School senior, will see her dreams come true in the fall. After submitting applications to hundreds of colleges, the 18-year-old was accepted into 231 of them and given $14.7 million in scholarships to support her dream of attending college.

She told GMA, “I wanted to apply to as many schools as I did … because I’m coming from a low-income area of Georgia and so I want to show the kids here in Liberty County that it’s possible to get accepted into not only just local schools like Georgia Southern [University] and Savannah [Technical College], but that you can get accepted into schools like the University of Alabama and University of Colorado and [schools] that you think might be out of your reach but is definitely in reach.”

Although she earned so many acceptances and was offered more scholarships than she expected, Crowell also admitted that she understands what it’s like to wait for a nod after being rejected by other elite schools.

The Georgia native said that ever since she was a young child, she and her parents—mother Melissa Langley and father Sgt. 1st Class Delando Langley—have been planning for her to attend college. However, when she was in middle school, the plans became more serious, and they would take road trips and college tours whenever they could. Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, she worked hard to make her dream of going to college come true.

In a statement, High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein celebrated Crowell and her decision to attend the university. 

Qubein said “We welcome you to our HPU family. You’re going to do exceptional things right here at The Premier Life Skills University, where we call everybody to be extraordinary. The sky is not the limit … and when you come here to High Point University, we know you’ll be a leader. We know you’ll make amazing things happen. We’re here to resource her, cheer you on and celebrate you victory.”

As Crowell prepares to bid farewell to her high school career and embark on her next chapter in college, the aspiring physical therapist advises the next generation to “always prioritize yourself,” “stay organized,” and “always keep a positive outlook on these things because it can get overwhelming.”

She expressed, “At the end of the day, I’m just another student. We’re about to graduate, some of us with uncertain futures. And I just want to make it known that nothing is impossible and that the sky is not the limit and that you want to keep pushing for greatness.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: May 21, 2024


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