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This Chicago Teen Was Just Accepted Into 23 HBCUs

Ariyana Davis was also granted a total of $300,000 in scholarships!


A Chicago senior is celebrating a unique and remarkable accomplishment.

Ariyana Davis was accepted into every one of the 24 colleges she applied to, with 23 of those schools being historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The 18 year-old senior, who attends the all-girl, Catholic Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, was also granted $300,000 in financial aid, ABC News reports.

Through the Common Black College Application, a program that allows students to apply to up to 50 HBCU’s for $35, Davis was able to apply to dozens of schools. She was also accepted into the predominately white institution, Eastern Illinois University. Davis said she was motivated to apply to mostly HBCUs because they are known for producing successful Black professionals. She also credits her high school for offering college prep courses to help students like her.

“It was important for me to go to an institution that feels like home,” Davis said.

We won’t have to wait on her decision: Davis has already decided to attend Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. She plans to study accounting.

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