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Warning: This is the kind of story that is going make your face hurt. But it’s the kind of pain that doesn’t come from being hit. No, this comes from grinning. Grinning from ear to ear. Grinning so hard and for so long, your face just hurts with pride.

Close your eyes. Imagine your Black male teen has applied to 20 of the top universities  and colleges in the United States.

Now open your eyes as you read he has been accepted to ALL of them…with a full ride…meaning he/YOU won’t have to pay a dime.

Not one dime.

This is the reality for 17-year-old Michael Brown, a Houston resident whose mom said she knew he was brilliant early on.

Currently a senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, whatever school Brown chooses to attend (He must choose by May 1), he will get an additional $260,000!

Is your face hurting yet?

Brown, a seemingly humble young man, spoke to CNN about the accomplishment saying, “It’s something I’m proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off.”

His proud mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, knew that her son was exceptional at an early age.

“After sixth grade, Mike was in control of his education,” his mother said. “He was focused, he knew what he wanted and he made his own decisions.”

She says her son has only received one B during his entire academic career, and even that was very difficult for him.

On opening the first letter…

Berthinia Rutledge-Brown filmed as Micheal stood in shock by the computer while his friends excitedly rallied around him.

Brown’s years of hard work included being involved in his school’s debate team, mock trial and student government. He also volunteered for political campaigns, and refers to his interest as “the moment I saw Barack Obama get elected.”

He will major in political science, but is also considering a second degree in economics.

KTLA5 reports that Rutledge-Brown lost three babies before becoming pregnant with Micheal. Once she finally had a son, she poured all of her energy into giving him the very best that she possibly could.

As mentioned earlier, Michael has until May 1 to choose from the list of 20. He has already narrowed it down to his Top 8, which are Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown and Vanderbilt.

Michael’s humility is refreshing. Listen to this:

“For me, it’s important to highlight that I’m not the only student of color who is achieving,”

Still in shock about the whole thing, along with his mother, he urges others to dream big! He says its something his mother taught him.

Watch the touching video report directly below and read more about this exceptional young man at KTLA5.