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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Black Student Awarded $1.7 Million in Scholarships and Accepted into 49 Colleges

Tytianna Smith

Tytianna Smith

Lafayette, AL — Tytianna Smith, a graduating senior from Lafayette High School in Lafayette Alabama, has been accepted to 49 out of the 50 schools that she applied to and has received a total of $1.7 million scholarship awards. Although she wasn’t accepted to her first choice, she believes that God is leading her to where she was really meant to be, which she believes is Norfolk University.

Smith has been planning for her future ever since. Last year, she has listed her goals, including “attending a high school that is currently on the falling school list,” “wanting to show that just because we attend a failing school we are not failing students,” and “wanting to lift the standard.”

Recently, she received the good news — she was accepted into every school she applied to. However, it was with the exception of one, Stanford University which was her top choice at that time. What’s more, she was having a hard time choosing between predominantly white institutions and historically black colleges and universities.

“I wanted both for different reasons but was unsure what was right for me,” she said.

But she decided to believe in the power of faith and her relationship with God. She said, “I follow God & I don’t care what anyone says.”

“I thought he was leading me to Stanford but I’m confident the final destination was Norfolk and Stanford was just a part of the journey,” she added.

As a student, Tytianna had a 4.6 GPA and 29 ACT score. As the Co-Drum Major this year, she helped the entire band prepare without a band coach for 5 games. She is also a co-founder of “Warriors of Women,” an army God placed in her heart that helps women defy the double standards of this world.

Moreover, aside from being accepted to 49 schools, she received a total of $1.7 million scholarships from the schools she applied to and other outside scholarships.

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