Meet the Georgia teen accepted to 31 colleges plus $900k in scholarships

January 16, 2020 at 08:00 am | Success Story

Mohammed Awal

Mohammed Awal

January 16, 2020 at 08:00 am | Success Story

Kayla Willis, a student at Westlake High School in South Fulton in Atlanta, Georgia, has gained a stunning acceptance in 31 colleges.

“I kinda didn’t want to post this, but someone said ‘the whole world needs to know how great you are’ so here we go twitter!” Willis wrote.

Willis applied to 44 colleges and 33 gave her admission. 

“Earlier this year I didn’t know where I was going to college,” Fox5 quoted her as saying. “After I sat down and thought and prayed, everything came together. I was more proactive than ever. I did things the right way.”

“My goal was to have options,” she said. “I didn’t want to limit myself. I also asked the question, how can I go to school for free?”

Nine in-state universities are competing to have her – from Clark-Atlanta to Georgia State to Spelman to Valdosta State, Fox5 reported.

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Willis who said she didn’t want to limit herself, could stay in Georgia and even get a scholarship to Berry or Mercer or leave the state and attend colleges such as Howard, Florida A&M, Full Sail, LSU, and Texas Christian. 

Willis’ achievement secured her over $900,000 in scholarships from the various universities that accepted her.

Her feat went viral on social media last year when she disclosed she had scored 1160 on her SATs.

“I posted, turned off my phone, clocked into work and I just keep hearing a bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing,” she said. “And I’m like, what is going on? Am I going viral right now?”

Willis told 11Alive that she wanted to inspire people and show them that one can dream big and get to where he or she wants to go.

“To show them that someone who made an average SAT score who has good grades—someone can make it and do that type of thing,” she said.

Wills accepted an offer to study at Fisk University on a full-ride scholarship and plans to major in International Business and Spanish.

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