Antoinette Love, a high school senior in New Orleans, has been accepted to 115 colleges and received more than $3.7 million in scholarship money.
Love didn’t expect to hear back from so many of the colleges that she applied to.
“At first I didn’t think I was going to get this many, but then they just kept coming and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,'” Love told CNN.
Love’s goal is to study elementary education and become a teacher because she likes “influencing others to be good and be their best.” Love is the oldest sibling of five children and actively helps out with her youngest siblings.
Love also has a 3.7 GPA and is involved in organizations at her high school, the International High School of New Orleans, including the anime club, video game club, national honor society, the English honor society and Rho Kappa social studies honor society. She also works part-time after school selling ties, cuff links and socks at the Riverwalk.
Love doesn’t yet know which school she’ll choose, but she’s seriously considering Louisiana State University, Valparaiso University, University of North Texas, Fisk University, Randolph University, Brandeis University, and Mississippi State University.
Her mother, Yolanda Love, “calls her daughter’s accomplishments amazing,” according to Nola.com.
However, she also noted that Love had a lot of support including her counselor Denise James, who helped her find college application fee waivers.
Yolanda Love told the newspaper that her daughter used the College Common App to apply to multiple colleges through one application. And she also used the Common Black College Application to apply at 50 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Love was inducted into the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, National Senior Beta Club, and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society at her school.
She is a reflection of Black women excelling in education. According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Black women currently earn about two-thirds of all African-American bachelor’s degree awards, 70 percent of all master’s degrees, and more than 60 percent of all doctorates.
Love plans to major in elementary education.