Now this is a trend we can get behind.
Remember Chad Thomas, the 18-year-old student from Booker T. Washington Senior High in Miami, who received 150 scholarship offers because he is able to play nine instruments in addition to being a rising football star?
Here comes more good news.
Avery Coffey, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., applied to and was accepted at five Ivy League universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania.
Coffey, 17, has already been offered very generous financial aid packages from four of the colleges; while Harvard is still crunching numbers to formulate its offer, the report states.
The student, who boasts a 4.3 grade point average, loves sports and names baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer amongst the games that he plays. He grew up in a single-parent household in D.C.’s Ward 8, one of the poorest areas in the city. According to the report, his mom works as a technician at Children’s Hospital.
“You can go anywhere you want to, pursue any career that you want to, and you shouldn’t let anybody hinder you from trying to reach your goals,” he told Fox News as advice to younger students.
Though Coffey is still deciding on which offer to take up, he does plan to major in finance, and is said to be keeping a close eye on the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.
Banneker, a public school with strict rules and policies, doesn’t allow any of its 439 students to bring cell phones into the building. They are also not allowed to enter their lockers during the school day, a measure designed to discourage loitering in the halls.
Smarty Pants: 21 Black Celebs Who Attended Ivy League Schools
1. Tammi Terrell - University of Pennsylvania1 of 21
2. Alicia Keys - Columbia UniversitySource:Instagram 2 of 21
3. Nikki Giovanni (University of Pennsylvania and Columbia)Source:AP 3 of 21
4. Lupita Nyong'o - Yale's School of Drama (Master's)Source:PR Photos 4 of 21
5. Tracee Ellis Ross - Brown UniversitySource:Instagram 5 of 21
6. Yaya Dacosta - Brown UniversitySource:PR Photos 6 of 21
7. Tatyana Ali - HarvardSource:Instagram 7 of 21
8. Tyra Banks- Harvard University8 of 21
9. John Legend- University of Pennsylvania9 of 21
10. Aisha Tyler- Dartmouth College10 of 21
11. Bob Johnson- Princeton University11 of 21
12. Sanaa Lathan- Yale University12 of 21
13. Hill Harper- Brown University13 of 21
14. Angela Bassett- Yale University14 of 21
15. Ryan Leslie- Harvard University15 of 21
16. Rashida Jones- Harvard University16 of 21
17. Courtney B. Vance- BA from Harvard University; MFA from Yale University17 of 21
18. Joy Bryant- Yale University before dropping out to become a model.18 of 21
19. Brian White: Dartmouth College19 of 21
20. Shonda Rhimes - DartmouthSource:PR Photos 20 of 21
21. Toni Morrison - Cornell University (Master's of Arts)21 of 21
(Photo Source: EURWeb.com)