High School Senior Aylah Birks Was Awarded $2.2M in Scholarships From Over 80 Colleges
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High School Senior Aylah Birks Was Awarded $2.2M in Scholarships From Over 80 Colleges

Bernadette Giacomazzo

Bernadette Giacomazzo. Apr 2, 2021.

Aylah Birks is an extraordinary Georgia high school senior.

Black News reports the native of Twiggs, Georgia is making headlines today because she’s been awarded $2.2 million in scholarships from more than 80 colleges.

Birks has a 4.0 GPA, is a finalist for the Gates Scholarship, and even wrote a book about her personal experiences.

But life hasn’t always been easy for the Georgia high school senior. Throughout school, she said she was bullied relentlessly by her classmates — but while this certainly troubled her, she said it also inspired her to become an anti-bullying advocate, as well.

The Georgia high school senior also said that she couldn’t participate in extra-curricular activities like she wanted to, because her mother — who Birks said is “her inspiration” — had to care for a sick grandparent.

“I especially could not participate in as many extracurricular activities as I would like to, but I still maintained that grasp in school, and my mother couldn’t be as present as she is now in my extracurricular activities because she was so busy supporting him and I completely understand,” Aylah Birks said to 11Alive News. 

While the Georgia high school senior has received more than $2.2 million in scholarship offers and so many acceptance letters, she said that she’s narrowed her choices down to two schools: Clemson, and Mercer.

Whatever she decides, we know that Aylah Birks has a bright future ahead of her, and congratulations are in order for what she’s accomplished so far!