N.J. High School Student Accepted Into 17 Colleges After Family Overcomes Homelessness

As white celebrities come under fire for bribing colleges to accept their kids in an education scandal that reminds us how privilege has pushed certain teens ahead in life and cheated others in terms of educational opportunity, Dylan Chidick, 17, of Jersey City, N.J. shows that the rules don’t need to be broken.

While $25 million was uncovered by the FBI to be used in bribery, along with cheating on college exams, and fake scholarships, Khadine Phillip, Chidick’s mom, got up the courage to seek help from a nonprofit called Women Rising and get her family in a better position to succeed.

Chidick has been accepted to 17 schools, including New Jersey City University (DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti is on the university’s board), Ramapo, and Albright and he’s hoping for the College of New Jersey to make the number of acceptances 18.

Phillip, unlike the privileged celebrity parents, sought help the right way to help her child succeed.

“She is a great example in doing everything necessary to help her children,” said​ Roseann Mazzeo, executive director for Women Rising, the nonprofit that assists women and families in poverty with housing, job placement and counseling.

Given that Black students have many more obstacles to getting into college, including fitting into the mold of non-radical student, getting better grades and working harder than white privileged students, and prove that they don’t cheat, Chidick’s accomplishment stands out even more.

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His mom came to the U.S. from Trinidad 10 years ago with her children and became citizens. But the family struggled through homelessness as she worked to care for all her children, including two younger twin boys with serious heart conditions. Chidick saw his mom push through the struggles and she inspired him to aspire for a better life.

“Making herself vulnerable and putting herself out there, that made me determined to never let us get back in that situation again,” he said.

Chidick was inducted into the honor society and became senior class president at his high school.

“My family went through a lot and there has been a lot of people saying, ‘you can’t do that,’ or ‘you’re not going to achieve this,’ and me — getting these acceptances — kind of verifies what I have been saying. I can do it and I will do it,” Dylan Chidick said.​

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  1. Congratulations. Sounds like he overcame some odds. Wish you d study something besides history/political science.

    However , he s just getting accepted thru a different side door. He admits his grades aren’t that good. He was accepted because he s a minority, use to be homeless, , low income. So although his parents didn’t pay for him to be admitted we the tax payers did.
    The cost just to apply to 17 schools is way too much for most students. Someone paid that $2000.
    An ave middle class white student would never be able to afford to apply nor would they be accepted with his grades.

    • Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

      Oh be quiet. Your grammar and syntax hardly qualify you to judge anyone else.

  2. Medaline Philbert

    Congratulations! So many of our children are capable, all they need is a chance. I’d like to be in contact with Ms. Phillip concerning her twins. God bless you for putting us in contact, it’s urgent.

  3. grannybunny

    May God continue to bless this family.

  4. Veronica Alleyne

    he’s only one of many hard working, deserving kids cheated out of a seat because of privileged shenanigans

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