A 17-year-old North Carolina teen is closing out her 2018 high school year in a major way. Jasmine Harrison was accepted into 113 colleges this year and earning nearly $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships.
With the help of her school and community, Jasmine only had to pay $135 in application fees.
“On those late nights when I was filling out those applications with my mom and we just felt like we cannot do this, we just ended up singing gospel songs together to get through the night,” Harrison told WFMY News. It has all paid off because Jasmine Harrison will be attending Bennett College, the historically black college and university in her home state, on a full-ride scholarship to study biology.
Graduating from The Academy at Smith in Greensboro, North Carolina with a 4.0 GPA, Harrison was also offered full-ride scholarships from Ed Waters College in Jacksonville, FL and Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS, according to USA Today.
If you’re wondering how Jasmine was able to apply to more than 100 schools, she applied to 53 HBCUs with the single Common Black College Application, getting into 26. She also took advantage of College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) College Application Week, where she was able to apply to a number of statewide schools for free. Finally, she also took advantage of the Common Application to apply to 20 more schools.
“When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, ‘Okay, this is really happening.’ I didn’t really think I’d be able to do that,” Harrison said.
Congratulations to Jasmine Harrison and the entire class of 2018!