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17-year-old exceptional girl gains admission to 18 US universities at the same time, wins over $1m scholarship award

An exceptional 17-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, Shanya Robinson-Owens has won a scholarship of over $1 million after receiving admission offers from 18 top universities in the United States.

Shanya Robinson-Owens applied to over 25 universities in the US following her outstanding performance at the George Washington Carver High School. She secured an outstanding 3.2 GPA in High School putting her in league of brilliant students in the country.

However, she expressed how shocked she was to see the huge number of acceptance from top schools which are backed with scholarships valued at $1,074,260. “I was pretty excited. I wasn’t really expecting it,” she told GMA.

Shanya’s aunt, Christine Owens, described her niece’s over $1 million awards as shocking, noting that she had always had good grades but such an amount was unimaginable.

“We are overjoyed. I knew she wouldn’t have a problem getting into colleges, but we didn’t know they would award her this much money in scholarship funds,” Christine said.

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Speaking about how she felt after seeing the huge amount of scholarships awarded to her, Shanya Robinson-Owens said she did not know how to react. “I was really shocked. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if I could cry, laugh, I didn’t know what to do,” she said on ABC.

She was accepted into schools including Lincoln University in Missouri, and Pennsylvania schools Cabrini University, La Salle University, Moravian College among others, per GMA.


Shanya Robinson-Owens majors in psychology. She advised upcoming scholars to to “take your time,” be kind to yourself, and trust yourself.

“You really have to be patient. Stay focused. If you need to have some time away, it’s OK. You can tell your teachers because they know you’re stressed,” she said.

The principal at George Washington Carver, Ted Domers, noted that Shanya has earned herself a reputation at her school. “It is a privilege for us to count Shanya as one of our own and we are excited to see her create opportunities for her future,” he said.

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