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Makenzie Thompson Applied To 51 Colleges And Now Has 49 Acceptances With Over $1M In Scholarship Offers

The college application process can spur fear in many high schoolers, but the power of betting on yourself will always take you far. It’s that mentality that has led Georgia high school senior Makenzie Thompson to academic excellence, according to CNN. The 18-year-old, who is described as a “star student throughout high school,” applied to 51 universities and has since received 49 acceptance letters along with over $1 million in scholarship offers. The leap of faith came after Thompson attended college fairs and received fee waivers, the outlet reports. As of now, she only has one pending letter. “It was a very, very good experience, just to see your hard work paying off and getting to see them just pile up in a folder,” she said, according to CNN. “My family is ecstatic. Getting 49 acceptances and over 1.3 million, they’re like ‘wow, you’re going places.'”

Mar 29, 2022

These HBCUs Have Been Awarded A $13.7M Grant For Inclusive Health Disparities Research

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Tuskegee University received a $13.7 million grant on Nov. 8, in hopes of creating a systemic and sustainable culture while promoting inclusivity within the community of scientists. Through the grant — in partnership with Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) — the two Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) will hire and train 12 new research faculty members to push the mission forward for inclusive excellence in health disparities research, according to a press release. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Tuskegee University in this endeavor to build a community of scientists committed to inclusive excellence by recruiting early-career faculty committed to promoting diversity and inclusion while addressing health disparities,” UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine Dean and Senior Vice President for Medicine Selwyn Vickers, M.D. said in a press release. The press release...

Nov 9, 2021

Jeff Bezos' Former Wife MacKenzie Scott Donates Millions to Six HBCUs

Earlier this week, MacKenzie Scott opened her purse for six HBCUs , reports CNN. In a post published to Medium, Jeff Bezos’ former wife pledged to donate a portion of her wealth to several organizations and institutions. The lucky recipients? Howard University, which received $40 million; Hampton University, which received $30 million; Tuskegee University, which received $20 million. Plus, Xavier University of Louisiana — who said the donor wished to remain anonymous — and Morehouse College also announced that they each received $20 million donations and were all named on the list. However, Spelman College did not disclose the donation amount. “I began work to complete my pledge with the belief that my life had yielded two assets that could be of particular value to others: the money these systems helped deliver to me, and a conviction that people who have experience with inequities are the ones best equipped to design solutions,” Scott said of the 116 organizations she donated to,...

Jul 30, 2020