Shanya Robinson-Owens, a Philadelphia high school senior, motivated many when she applied to over 20 colleges and universities—and the new update in her story would make you do a double-take. Shanya recently announced that she has earned over $1 million in scholarship funds in addition to being admitted into several colleges!
Shanya Robinson-Owens, a 17-year-old senior at Philadelphia’s George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, has a lot to be proud of right before she starts her first day as a college freshman, according to CNN. Shanya’s inspirational story soon went viral, and she was recently featured on national television after she applied to over 18 colleges and was offered a staggering amount of scholarship money.
Shanya’s aunt Christine Owens announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her niece was recently awarded over $1 million in scholarship money…or $1,074,260 to be precise. “We are overjoyed. I knew she wouldn’t have a problem getting into colleges, but we didn’t know they would award her this much money in scholarship funds,” she said.
Shanya Robinson-Owens, on the other hand, talked about the exciting news, saying “I was pretty excited. I wasn’t really expecting it.” Moravian College, La Salle University, Lincoln University, Temple University, and Cabrini University were among the schools to which she was admitted. She hasn’t decided which school she will attend yet.
Shanya also had some recommendations for students who were on the same academic path as her. “You really have to be patient. Stay focused. If you need to have some time away, it’s OK. You can tell your teachers that because they know you’re stressed.”