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17-year Old Jakelia Baker Has Been Offered $1.3 Million In Scholarships From 50+ Colleges

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:


  • 17-year old Georgia student Julia Baker has received more than 50 college acceptances and $1.3 million worth scholarships
  • She has accepted Penn State University's offer on Friday

Opportunity which usually knocks only once. For 17-year old Jakelia Baker, it seems to be ramming more than 50 times in the form of college acceptances and scholarship awards amounting to  $1.3 million.

Jakelia, a student of Lucy Craft Laney High School in Augusta,Georgia in USA had applied to a large number of schools using a variety of college admission apps, such as Common App since the summer leading up to her senior year, as she had no idea where she would be attending college.

A valedictorian of her class with 4.1 GPA, Jakelia has finally signed on to Penn State University on a volleyball scholarship. Boasting an impressive resume, Jakelia has been a student ambassador, president of the Student council and National Honor Society along with being part of the choir, marching band, math team and Advanced Placement classes.
Her volleyball scholarship is attributed to her athletic skills as she played an array of sports in schools - basketball, golf, tennis, soccer along with being the captain of the volleyball team.

She claims she managed to do it all simultaneously because of the strict discipline her mother followed and has chosen Penn State because it felt like a second home to her. Her exemplary record has been recognized by Twitterati all over the world and wishes to congratulate her have been pouring in since Friday:

Eminent personalities like Emmy nominated reporter Kristen Holloway and Siddharth Chatterjee - the resident coordinator of UN Kenya have also praised her achievement tweeting: