An exceptional 18-year-old boy named Samuel Lyons has achieved a remarkable feat after winning $1.6 million worth of scholarships from 40 Universities and Colleges in the United States.
Samuel Lyons is a Franklin High School senior who earned acceptance from 40 colleges and universities in the United States. He also has been offered more than $1.6 million in scholarship money.
Samuels said he initially applied to only five colleges because he was confused about his choice of college. However, he ended up applying to more in order to avoid underestimating himself.
“I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go at first. After I applied to the first five, I decided to keep going. I didn’t want to undervalue myself; wanted to have as many choices as I could,” he said.
Samuel mentioned that he struggled with managing his time during his first application, which led to him not having any expectations.
“It was very time-consuming, I had to manage my time while applying to so many schools and doing virtual learning. I didn’t really know what to expect since it was my first time applying to colleges. I didn’t expect to get offered so much in scholarship money,” he said.
The Guidance Counselor at Franklin High School, Ale Massenburg shared that there is a possibility for him to still get more acceptance and scholarships as the admission process in schools is still ongoing and he is yet to get a reply from all the schools he applied to.
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“We started in August 2020 doing his college applications and he has diligently been working at home applying to colleges while virtual, I do not believe this is all of his scholarship money or acceptance letters,’; Ale Massenburg said.
We have completed several other scholarships from different organizations that we are waiting on. I believe that he will get those also,” she added. Massenburg added that Samuel is exceptional as she has never seen a student receive so many acceptances or scholarship offers during her tenure at Franklin High School.
“Sam Lyons has been accepted into 40 colleges with a total amount of scholarships awarded of $1.6 million, He is the first student since I’ve been at FHS to have been accepted into this many colleges and earned this huge amount of scholarship money by himself,” she said.
Advising young students like him, Samuel encouraged them to not undervalue themselves, Set their goals, declare them, believe in themselves, and work hard. “First you have to set your goals, then you have to declare it. Put your goals in front of you and go chase them,” he said.
He earned acceptance to a few universities like the University of Richmond, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Ferrum College all located in the state of Virginia.
Samuel said he will be choosing Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, the University where he received the university Engineering Progressive Award cash prize of $30,000. He plans to pursue a career in computer engineering and return to Franklin to serve as a mentor for kids after graduation.