- RuQuan Brown, a 17-year-old high school senior has gained admission into 24 universities including 7 Ivy League schools with 16 full scholarships
- Earlier in 2019, the multi-talented teenager launched a company named Love1 to tackle gun violence
- His start-up was inspired by the death of his friend and step-father who were both gunned down in 2017 and 2018 respectively
- Brown holds a 3.9 average score from an academic public school and an impressive 1320 on his SATs
RuQuan Brown aka ''Ru'', a multi-talented high school senior has made impressive gains after he was accepted into 24 colleges including 7 Ivy League schools and 16 full scholarships.
Some of the schools include Howard, Georgetown, William & Mary, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Army and Temple University to name a few.
Brown remains focused with a clear mission as he continues to make remarkable impact in the classroom, on the field, and within his community.
Becauseofthemwecan.com reports that the 17-year-old is using his pain to fuel every effort, scoring a 3.9 grade point average at the number one academic public school.
Brown leads the student body as SGA president and he earned an impressive 1320 on his SATs as well.
On the field, he is a track and football champion, running 40-yards in just 4.3 seconds as a star wide receiver and corner-back.
In September 2017, Ru’s teammate and friend was murdered in Washington, DC and a year later, his step-father was murdered in October 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In spite of the devastating tragedies, Ru managed to maintain his studies and involvement in sports by finding a way he could make a small difference.
Within his community, Brown is an entrepreneur and activist, operating a clothing company by the name of Love1, which he launched in 2019 to tackle gun violence.
Bown reveals that he started the company to honour the lives of his teammate and stepdad.
Love1 donates 20% of its proceeds to an organization in New Jersey called One Gun Gone. OGG buys guns from New Jersey communities and turns them into art.
When it comes to his grades and the leadership he exhibits in the classroom, Ru credits his entire village, including his mother, his late step-father and his biological father.
He has always been a straight ''A'' student, but it was the exposure he gained through his biological father’s journey that put him on the path to college.
''After my mom and stepdad split, my mom sent me to DC to live with my father.
He got a late start and moved to DC to attend Howard to become a Dental Hygienist. Howard has a middle school on campus and that exposure opened my eyes to college,'' he told Becauseofthemwecan.com.
As the second eldest of six siblings, Ru takes the example he is setting for his family serious.
Once he figures out which school he’ll attend, Ru plans to prove that he is more than an athlete.
Bown is a scholar, an entrepreneur and an activist with plans to pursue a degree in business with a minor in African-American studies.
In other stories, with relentless determination, a young asylum seeker identified simply as Tesfay, who fled to England to seek greener pastures has graduated with a first-class degree from the South Bank University.
Tesfay had moved from the Calais Jungle, a refugee and migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France to the UK carrying along hope in search of a better life in the UK.
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