Strategy by soon-to-be college student results in over $7 million in scholarship offers

July 12, 2017 6:56 pm Last Updated: July 12, 2017 6:56 pm

The senior year of high school can be a year of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you are celebrating a major milestone in your life. On the other hand, there is the looming question of, “What’s next?” For many, what’s next is college, as was the case for Shariah Edwards.

…she left a jaw-dropping legacy that shocked the school leadership, leaving them in awe.

Edwards graduated from Power Center Academy High School in Memphis, Tennessee recently. But before graduating, she left a jaw-dropping legacy that shocked the school leadership, leaving them in awe. Edwards had received 149 acceptance letters from four-year colleges all around America. In an interview with CBS News Wire, college counselor Tamara Woods-Wormley said, “She has totally blown us away.”

Edwards methodically made her way through the entire list of colleges.

Woods-Wormley had provided Edwards with a list of colleges earlier in the year. That list was long and included only colleges that didn’t require an application fee.

Edwards methodically made her way through the entire list, intent on multiplying her college choices to maximum capacity. Power Center Academy also had an interesting motivational tool in the form of a tradition that recognized students who received at least $1 million dollars in scholarship offers. Those students were awarded the title of ‘Million Dollar Scholar’ and rewarded with a symbolic check of $1 million from their school.

In all her efforts, Edwards managed that and more—seven times more!

Edwards ended up getting accepted into a whopping 149 schools and racked up a total of $7.6 million in scholarships.

“I was amazed because I didn’t think I would get that many acceptances.”

“I didn’t want to limit myself,” said Edwards. “I was amazed because I didn’t think I would get that many acceptances.”

She is still narrowing down the list of schools she wants to go to, but Tennessee State University is one of her top choices according to CBS News.

H/T: InspireMore