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High School Senior Kassidy Parnell Secures $4.5M In Scholarships From Over 100 Schools

This Louisiana high school senior will be on to bigger and better things! Kassidy Parnell attends Tara High School in Baton Rouge and shines with a GPA of 4.1. The impressive feat has placed Parnell at the top of the graduating class. Parnell is also dual-enrolled in computer science classes at Baton Rouge Community College. Her track record has caught the attention of various schools, securing over 100 college offers to date and collecting nearly $4.5 million in scholarships, WKBN 27 reports. Parnell’s acceptances include Southern University, Saint Louis University, Butler, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Seton Hall University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Kansas, Kent State University, and more. “This girl is a hard worker, loyal friend, organized, witty and makes good decisions,” said Lorenzo Bynum, Kassidy’s father, according to WKBN 27. “She loves to learn new things. If she doesn’t know something she will look it up and remember everything about it. She is not afraid to...

Mar 14, 2022

This 14-Year-Old Student Double Majoring In Physics And Chemical Engineering Is Set To Graduate In May 2023

We love to see a Black student soar academically! Elijah Precciely, in particular, is a young genius, who at only 14-year-old is on his way to securing his bachelor’s degree. According to WBRZ2, the Baton Rouge, LA native currently attends Southern University, where he’s a junior double majoring in physics and chemical engineering. In 2019, the science wiz — age 11 at the time — became the school’s youngest person to receive a full-ride scholarship. While already balancing two rigorous STEM majors, the full-time student and published author is also juggling his interest in other fields. “He’s able to speak up about his own differences or his own challenges,” said his mother, Pamela Precciely, according to WBRZ2. “Even when it comes to classes, he said he was taking physics and chemical engineering. But he also literally would say, ‘I want to make sure can I get a business class in there.” Although he has multiple achievements under his belt, Precciely is more focused on being a...

Mar 11, 2022

Full-Ride Scholarship Offers Are Rolling In For Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant-garde At Only Age 14

Zaila Avant-garde is already attracting the attention of colleges! According to The Advocate, Southern University is now the third Louisiana school to offer the National Spelling Bee champion a full-ride scholarship. The Historically Black College and University’s (HBCU’s) president-chancellor, Ray L. Belton, shared the news via Twitter and announced that along with the scholarship, the Louisiana native would receive her very own day at the school. I am pleased to announce that @Southernu_BR is offering #ZailaAvantgarde a full scholarship and " #Zaila Day" at SU, part of the nation’s only #HBCU system. Our student leaders, faculty, and alumni look forward meeting with you. We welcome you to the #JaguarNation ! #WeAreSouthern — Ray L. Belton, Ph.D. (@DrRayBelton) July 10, 2021 “Our student leaders, faculty, and alumni look forward to meeting with you,” said Belton. “We welcome you to the #JaguarNation!” A spokesman for Southern University further clarified...

Jul 12, 2021

Apple Partners With HBCUs to Offer Black Students and Communities Coding and Creativity Opportunities

Apple is extending its Community Education Initiative to include more Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the tech giant announced in a press release. Central State University, Dillard University, Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University, and Southern University are among the schools added to the growing roster of the newest technology hubs—designed to bring coding, creativity, and workforce development opportunities to thousands of students and adult learners of all ages using Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula. Apple’s Community Education Initiative launched last year to offer Black and Brown students and underrepresented communities a pathway to high-paying jobs in an industry severely lacking diversity . By summer’s end, Apple expects to double the number of HBCU partners to serve an even broader community beyond campuses, including local K-12 schools, community partners, local government, and other community stakeholders. “Apple is committed to...

Jul 16, 2020