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18-year-old African American girl wins $1 million scholarships to 17 universities, set to bag bachelors degree at University of Notre Dame

An 18-year-old African American girl named Yves-Ann Comeau has won a scholarship worth 1 million dollars to 17 universities across the United States for her undergraduate studies.

Comeau, from Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of Westlake High School was awarded scholarships worth 1 million dollars to 17 universities and colleges across the United States.

She shared her achievement on Instagram stating that aside from the scholarship, she also received a full-ride scholarship from four universities. ”By the grace of God, I am proud to say that I have been accepted into over 15 schools, earning over a million dollars in academic scholarships and receiving 4 full rides,” she said.

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Comeau stated that her journey is a testament to hard work, determination, and relentless ambition. Talking about what prompted her to have such a wide reach in her college applications, she said she took the risk as acceptance from universities is not assured.


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“I understand that acceptance is not assured. That’s why I applied to different colleges,” she said. 

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While at Westlake High School, Comeau excelled academically as a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. She was a dedicated member of different extracurricular activities including the football field and also leading community service initiatives.

She mentioned that balancing academics, extracurricular activities, and the college application process was no small feat but she figured her way around it. “Balance was a necessity. I knew I needed breaks to avoid burnout,” she said.



Comeau said she felt it was surreal yet destined when she got her 17 college acceptance letters. She said that earning over 1 million in scholarships is what she is grateful for as her mother will not have to worry about funding her education.

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She recalled that during her college application process, there was a pivotal moment when she realized she was significantly behind in the process. “That night I felt discouraged. But I knew I had to persevere,” she said. 

Comeu said that despite the challenges she faced, especially dealing with demanding academic workloads, she remained resilient and demonstrated her ability to overcome obstacles with strategic planning.

Advising aspiring students, Comeau said they should embrace their unique experiences and ambitions while letting them guide them through the college application process.

Comeau has chosen the University of Notre Dame, United States out of the 17 universities that accepted her. She said she chose the institution because of its vibrant community and atmosphere.

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