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17-year-old girl wins $1.4million scholarship to 34 US universities, set to become a Surgeon

A brilliant 17-year-old girl named Dana Bolden has earned 1.4 million dollars worth of scholarship offers to 34 universities and colleges in the United States.

Dana Bolden is a teen from Mississippi who is in her senior year in Jim Hill High School in Jackson, United States. She said she began considering which colleges and scholarships to apply to over the summer holidays and decided to start applying.

Dana earned 1.4 million dollars worth of scholarships to 34 universities and colleges across the United States. She told GMA she was inspired to apply to multiple schools and scholarships after seeing a fellow student earn over $1 million in scholarships her sophomore year.

“Once school started, I just decided to go ahead and knock it out and start applying to a bunch of schools, I didn’t think that I would get to this point of $1.4 million in scholarships, but I’m very grateful that I am and I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to get this far,” she said.


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An academic advisor at Jim Hill high school, Frank Branch said her achievement is exceptional as the school has never recorded a student having that amount of scholarship funds in total.

“Every year, we normally would have $1 million, $2 million or $3 million babies, as we call them. But this is the first time that we’ve had anyone achieve over a million dollars in September,” Branch said. 

Asides from being excellent in her academics, Dana is also an active student. She is a Clarinetist in the Jim Hill High School Marching Band and an active speech and debate member, and also student government member.

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Dana credits her mentors, especially the Jim Hill Principal Bobby Brown, for helping her reach her high goals. “I almost gave up. I tried to give up. I had so many people push me to be better and to do better, and I’m so grateful that I did, because without them, I would not have this,” Dana said.

“I have so many mentors who are very adamant on me being successful because they’ve been where I’ve been and they’ve made it, so they want me to be as successful as them because they know I can do it,” she added.

She said she applied to over 60 colleges and about 80 scholarships, and has been accepted to 34 schools with scholarships and still expecting more acceptances from her other school.

She encouraged her other classmates to chase their dreams and never allow their fears to limit them. 

“A lot of my classmates put off applying to college because they think that they’re not good enough to get in, or they don’t think that they’ll meet the standards that they’ve set for themselves, but I feel like all you have to do is sit down, make this list, apply to colleges. You never know where you’ll end up,” she said.

Dana said her dream school is Duke University and she hopes to major in biology and pursue a medical career as a trauma surgeon.


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