Makenzie Thompson, a South Fulton, Georgia high school student, has been accepted to nearly 50 institutions. She was astounded to learn that she had been given a total of more than $1.3 million in scholarships.
“Once I hit a million, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s wild.’” Makenzie said to WSB-TV, “Like people don’t make a million in their lives.”
Makenzie, an honors student at Atlanta’s Westlake High School, is also the Senior Class President and dance team co-captain. She does volunteer work and work-based learning at a local veterinarian practice.
Makenzie recently received acceptance letters from colleges such as the University of Georgia, Delaware State University, Ohio State University, Xavier University, Purdue University, and many others, and the list of her college acceptances on their school wall was unable to accommodate them all. Each university offered her a variety of scholarships, ranging from a few thousand dollars to full scholarships.
Makenzie’s school and parents praised her for her dedication and said they were pleased of her accomplishment.
Jarvis Adams, Makenzie’s principal, remarked, “Everything she does is for greatness and academics.”
“She had a clear idea of what she desired. “And she knew what it would take to get there,” her father, Stephen Thompson, stated.
Meanwhile, Makenzie has decided to study animal science at Tuskegee University, which has provided her with complete tuition and books, in order to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Makenzie acknowledged her delight at her achievement.
“Oh, I’m so pleased with myself. It’s taken a long time for this to happen. “It’s been a lot of late nights,” she admitted.