22 year Old Gabriella Carter has finally won 2 million dollars to different University in the United States after she struggled to pay her school fees.
Gabriella Carter is a Jamaican-born entrepreneur who relocated to Florida with her family at the young age of 13. She was enrolled into Miramar High School immediately they moved to the United States.
While in high school, Gabriella combined her impressive academic performance with athletics, playing softball and actively running on the track. She earned her high school diploma with a 5.00 cumulative grade point.
Gabriella said her dream was to further her studies immediately after high school, but the cost of attending college was too expensive for her and did not want to join the rank of people burdened by student loans.
This situation therefore motivated her to start searching and applying for student scholarships before graduating high school.
“Once I figured out that there’s free money out there that other people could give to me because they believed in me and my dreams so that I could go to school for free, I jumped on it and applied to every opportunity that I saw,” she said.
Gabriella said she applied to over 100 different programs despite how tiring the process of the application was but made sure to get better with her applications.
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“The more scholarships I applied to, the better applications I was able to submit and ultimately have more success down the line,” she explained.
Gabriella mentioned that she got 30 of her scholarship applications rejected back-to-back before she won a 20,000 dollars check from Coca-Cola. She said she also won 35 different scholarship awards through high school and during college which totals over 2 million dollars in cash.
She added that one of the scholarships paid her all her college tuition and enabled her to graduate from college debt free. Gabriella went further with her studies at Princeton University in United States bagging a bachelors degree in Medical Anthropology with honors.
Upon finding success in the scholarship space, students of her school became interested in how she did it, they reached out to her making enquiries on how to apply and get scholarships. Gabriella said all this prompted her to venture fully into scholarships, launched her own firm, ‘Growing with Gabby’.
“We had our scholarship banquet at my high school, I had to get up at least 20 times to collect my different awards, that made people very curious about how I was able to have scholarship success,” she said.
Gabriella stated that ‘Growing with Gabby’ started offline and later went digital. She stated that she leveraged social media to answer some of the questions her high school peers were asking, and soon reached a larger audience.
While at Princeton, she rebranded her firm and came about the name Growing with Gabby, built her brand’s audience on Instagram after a company reached out to her for influencing.
“I didn’t even know people were really making money like that from posting online until I was approached with an opportunity from a major retailer and they paid me $2,500 to share about a scholarship opportunity that they had says, once that happened, I was like, ‘OK, I see the value in the information that I’m offering,” Gabriella said.
After she graduated from Princeton University, Gabriela said she got a job as a marketing analyst where she earned $90,000 a year. However, she quit the 9-to-6 job a year after so as to focus on growing her company.
According to Gabriella, her scholarship business earned her $177,000 in 2022 and she expects it to bring in closer to $300,000 this year.