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Black Teenager Receives 1.3 Million In College Scholarships

Makenzie Thompson has also been accepted to nearly 50 colleges.

Makenzie Thompson is a senior at  Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia who has a big future ahead. She has earned over 1.3 million in scholarship and has been accepted to over  50 colleges.

Thompson told WSB-TV, “We have Delaware State with $64,000. Xavier with $100,000. Tuskegee with full tuition and books. We also have Wingate with 128 thousand,” she said with pride… So up here I have 48. I have 49 acceptances but we ran out of room.”

As for the 1.3 million in scholarships, the honor roll student said, “Once I hit a million I was like that’s kind of crazy. Like people don’t make a million in their lifetime.”

Thompson, who is also the Senior Class President and co-captain of her school’s dance team, has also been accepted to the University of Georgia, Purdue University, South Carolina’s Clemson University and Ohio State University.

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She has decided on attending Tuskegee University, which is an HBCU, to study animal science.

Her father Stephen Thompson said, “She knew what she wanted. And she knew what it was going to take to get there.”

Her mother Jennifer Thompson also added, “We were ecstatic. I said oh my God. 1.3 million and they’re giving you this just based on paper.”

Makenzie Thompson currently does work-based learning at a veterinarian clinic and the City of South Fulton has given her a proclamation. The school board plans to honor her in the near future.

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