- Allison Flowers is a final year student at Central High School in the United States
- The teenager has been accepted into 23 different colleges offering over $400 000 (almost R6 million) in scholarships
- Allison Flowers is set to graduate from high school and has limited her choices to three top universities
Allison Flowers, a Central High School senior from Macon, Georgia in the US, has been accepted to 23 different colleges offering over $400 000 in scholarships. The teen prodigy has always loved going to school from an early age and now all her hard work is paying off.
Reflecting on her achievements, Flowers says she wishes her grandfather were alive to witness her accomplishments and see her graduate.
Allison’s grandfather, who passed away when she was in 11th grade, taught her to never give up on her dreams regardless of the setbacks she would encounter.
"It just really hurt me not knowing that he won't be here to see me graduate, and I know how proud he was of me, and I just wanted to give up, but my mom, she told me that that's not what my granddad would have wanted," Flowers said.
Allison started loving school when she discovered she was good at maths and spelling. Just like her grandfather, her mother also urged her to take her studies seriously.
The teenager loved school to the extent that when she fell sick and was asked by her mum to stay home, she just didn’t want to.
''I just wanted to be able to say I went to school every single day."
Her work ethic is evident in her 3.8 grade point average, involvement in academic clubs, working part-time at Chick-fil-A, but most notably, being accepted into 23 colleges.
Despite being exceptionally intelligent, at times she didn’t know if she actually wanted to go to college. Allison sees the current opportunity as a blessing.
Like many students, she was bullied while growing up and that affected her self-esteem.
These feelings from her past negative experiences were visible before applying to college. She feared she would be rejected because she thought she wasn’t good enough.
Allison has now earned over $400 000 in scholarships and her college application fees were waived because of her SAT score.
She's limited her top three choices to Mercer University, Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State University. Allison says she wants to go to school to work towards becoming a paediatric nurse.
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