Birmingham High School Senior Accepted into 31 Universities, Awarded $1.1 Million in Scholarships

March 21, 2019 Updated: March 27, 2019

When high school seniors send out their college applications in the fall, they cross their fingers and wait in nervous anticipation to see if they’ll get accepted to continue their education.

For Birmingham, Alabama, high school senior Benjamin Holmes of Woodlawn High, though, it’s not a matter of “if” he’ll get into school—it’s where he’ll decide to go!

Benjamin Holmes 发布于 2017年9月3日周日

Holmes ended up in the national spotlight when the 18-year-old Woodlawn valedictorian was accepted into a staggering 31 universities, racking up $1.1 million in collective scholarship offers for his efforts. He’ll enter university next year as a credited sophomore, carrying 42 credit hours earned while still in high school.

He’s still waiting on responses from 10 more schools, and told the local news that he was still interviewing for yet another scholarship even as his incredible story was breaking.

The go-getter may seem like someone who knew right off the bat that he was going far, but it seems that even the brightest of stars suffer from nerves as they await news of their fates.

Woodlawn Student Awarded $1.1 Million in Scholarships

Benjamin Holmes, Woodlawn High School’s Senior Class Valedictorian, has been accepted to 31 colleges and awarded $1.1 million in scholarships. He will start college as a sophomore with 42 credit hours. He tells me his story isn’t unique. There are other students in the Birmingham City School System making major moves for their future. Congratulations Ben, your future is bright! Read his full story here: City Schools WBRC FOX6 News

Jamiese Price WBRC 发布于 2019年3月20日周三

“My first offer letter was Montevallo,” he said, via WBRC Local 6 News. “At first, I thought it was a rejection letter because it came in a small envelope. So, I’m like ‘Oh my God, rejection,’ but it was an acceptance.”

Holmes explained that he was proactive in his approach to applying for schools, emailing admissions officers for various universities as early as the summer before his senior year so he was prepared. Then, when August rolled around, he started filling out application after application, making sure to get everything in the mail on time so he could await the news of just how much all of his countless hours studying were going to pay off.

Benjamin Holmes 发布于 2018年11月11日周日

He had hoped to see at least a couple hundred thousand in scholarship money, or a full ride from each of his top choices, but was blown away by how many schools were willing to prove their desire to see him attend. He’s now sitting on piles and piles of offers, all from schools thrilled at the prospect of having such a hard worker and clear go-getter walk around their campus next year.

As he prepares to head off to college, he has advice for others who want to follow in his footsteps: “Be persistent, and be resilient,” he said.

Benjamin Holmes 发布于 2017年9月17日周日

Benjamin Holmes 发布于 2018年4月17日周二


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