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18-year-old girl wins $300,000 scholarship to 23 US universities, set to study Accounting at Mississippi

An 18-year-old girl named Ariyana Davis has achieved remarkable success, being awarded a scholarship worth $300,000 and earning acceptance from 24 universities across the United States.

Ariyana graduated from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago in the United States. She told ABC News that she applied to 24 universities and was accepted by everyone of them.

She stated that was able to apply to dozens of schools thanks to the Common Black College Application that allows students to apply to up to 50 HBCUs for a mere $35.

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Ariyana said 23 of the schools are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). $35. She also applied and got accepted to Eastern Illinois University, a predominantly white institution.



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She stated that it was important for her to attend an HBCU because they are known for producing successful black professionals. “It was important for me to go to an institution that feels like home,” she said.

Ariyana said when her acceptances started to fall in, she felt excited and overjoyed being a  second-generation college student (second in her family to attend university). 

She was offered a total of 300,000 dollars in financial funding from all the schools. Ariyana stated that she felt really grateful for the opportunity.


Ariyana attributed her success to her high school for preparing her for the opportunity. She mentioned that the school also offered college preparatory courses during lunch to help students like her.

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“It was a pretty amazing experience. I’ve made so many friends. I’ve been friendly with so many teachers, and I’ve gotten a lot of support from the entire school,” she said while talking about her experiance in high school.

The school’s learning resource coordinator, Julianne Alvarado stated that she remembers when Ariyana resumed tje sachool. She described her as a well organized kid.

“I’ve seen her grow, and change, and mature and now that she has this goal for after high schoolshe went for it. She’s very well organized and follows through with things,” Julianne said.

Ariyana mentioned that she plans to major in accounting adding that she has already chosen a school, Alcorn State University in Mississippi, United States.

“I love the family-oriented environment and close-knitted community, and the opportunity they will provide to me when I join the honors courses,” she said . Advising other future college applicants, Ariyana said they should do what they have to do so that they can do what they want to do.

Ariyana mentioned that she eventually wants to obtain a master’s degree in Accounting and later become a certified public accountant.


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