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Thursday, May 9, 2019

High School Senior Admitted To All 115 Colleges She Applied To, With $3.7 Million In Scholarship Offers

YolandaTimes-Picayune, New Orleans Teen Gets 115 College Acceptance Letters:

When Antoinette Love was born six weeks prematurely to Anthony and Yolanda Love, all her mother wanted was for Love to live. The New Orleans native only weighed 4.4 pounds, but she eventually left the hospital 23 days later.

Years later, Love blew past another milestone: Acceptance into 115 colleges and universities nationwide.

Love, a senior at the International High School of New Orleans, applied to and was unanimously accepted at 115 schools across the country, according to her school. Her efforts also resulted in more than $3.7 million in offered scholarships. Love is determined to become an educator and wants to major in elementary education beginning this fall, her mother [Yolanda] said by phone. ...

Her counselor Denise James helped her identify college application fee waivers. Love also used the College Common App to apply to multiple colleges through one application, and the Common Black College Application to apply at 50 historically black universities, Yolanda Love said.

Love’s mother said she’s still hoping a school will offer Love a full-ride scholarship because none of the offers so far would fully pay for Love’s college education. A full ride would ease the stress on their family, the mother said.

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Shame on her for applying to so many schools. She has thoughtlessly added to the cost of college for all by causing 114 schools to waste their time and money reviewing her application. She should be shamed, not applauded.

Posted by: mike | May 9, 2019 6:52:42 AM

Agreed - she should be cited as a poster child for selfishness and lack of consideration for others. Shame on her counselor for abetting this behavior. Any high caliber student could get accepted at 100+ schools if they applied to schools at or below their qualifications - this is no achievement.

Posted by: Todd | May 9, 2019 1:59:06 PM

Mike: did you read the article? She used two single-app-multiple-college applications. We don't know how many separate applications she actually submitted.
Also, what would have happened if she were Asian?

Posted by: jvermeer | May 9, 2019 3:15:40 PM

It's clear from the mother's comments that the young lady really hasn't put any thought into what schools would best fit her interests and her personal considerations (e.g., does she want to live close to home or far away, small school vs. large school, etc.). She's indulging in an ego trip of "how many schools can I get admitted to" and fishing for a free ride.

Posted by: RonF | May 9, 2019 3:43:46 PM

Does she have a father?

Posted by: Savagebuck | May 9, 2019 3:55:20 PM

A full ride would ease the stress on their family, the mother said. <--- Yeah, I'll bet. We all can't be so privileged, I guess.

Posted by: John L Mattaboni | May 9, 2019 4:08:47 PM

Here counselor should have provided 'guidance' and not abuse the fee waiver programs colleges have for students that can't afford the application.

At most, 10 schools should have been applied to; with one of them being both a financial and academic safety.

Posted by: Porkopolis (@PorkBuster) | May 9, 2019 4:15:58 PM

Quote: Shame on her for applying to so many schools.

You should have read more carefully. It closes with: "Love’s mother said she’s still hoping a school will offer Love a full-ride scholarship because none of the offers so far would fully pay for Love’s college education. A full ride would ease the stress on their family, the mother said."

Dorms, meals and textbooks cost a lot. This girls feels she needs a full scholarship to avoid overburdening her family. More power to her.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | May 9, 2019 4:36:20 PM

I’m going to assume the previous comment from mike was sarcasm...

Posted by: Chris | May 9, 2019 5:24:26 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with 'mike'. There is nothing laudable about this. Why should I applaud someone wasting people's time? That's technically a sin in that it's the theft of time they'll never get back.

A hundred and fifteen godd*mn schools...what utter rot.

Posted by: jeebus | May 9, 2019 5:33:22 PM

Jealous much?

Posted by: askeptic | May 9, 2019 6:24:04 PM

How is this even possible? When I was applying for college in the mid-to-late 60s, my application documents had to be accompanied with something called a metriculation fee -- typically ranging from $60 to $75 ( and my part-time job paid all of $1.05 an hour back then). One could not afford to apply to college frivolously.

Posted by: brotherStefan | May 9, 2019 10:48:35 PM

More stories like this and they’ll put a cap on the number of fee waivers.

Posted by: Anon | May 10, 2019 5:14:54 AM

A budding teacher? I hope she’s a conservative.

Posted by: AnnaD | May 10, 2019 5:56:03 AM

I don't think she was wasting anyone's time because you simply do not know what a given school will cost until getting the complete scholarship + financial aid package. Casting the widest possible net increases your chances of getting a great deal somewhere.

Posted by: Michael Bruner | May 10, 2019 11:00:56 AM

Wow, I am astonished at how many people are trying to shame Antoinette for doing something none of them could do. In fact, about the only guy who used his full name did not try to shame her or tell her what she should have done. Congratulations Antoinette. That was a powerful performance

Posted by: Rick Caird | May 10, 2019 12:40:00 PM

Don't blame her; blame her high school. In April 2018 the same newspaper had a similar article about a student from the same high school. https://www.nola.com/education/2018/04/new_orleans_student_gets_83_co.html
The high school is mistreating its students.

Posted by: brad | May 10, 2019 1:52:58 PM

Why is this news?

Posted by: Mike Livingston | May 10, 2019 11:28:01 PM