Arianna Alexander, a graduating senior and current valedictorian at Kenwood Academy, is the epitome of Black girl magic. The Chicago high school student was accepted into 26 universities, including six Ivy League schools, and has been offered over $3 million in scholarships.

It was Alexander’s father who encouraged her to apply to multiple universities. When she began applying, it was his idea to continue to apply to more and more schools in the hopes of getting more than $1 million in scholarships. According the ABC Chicago, Pierre Alexander says “when the process got started and a million was achieved, let’s go for two. I said let’s go for three and she did it.” It’s not a surprise she was able to achieve such a feat given her 5.1 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

This future entreprenuer and Hyde Park native will be going places (literally) without the financial strain most college students face nowadays.

Arianna has chosen to attend the University of Pennysylvania in the fall. She plans to, one day, own several restaurants. Given what she has accomplished thus far, there’s no reason to doubt that she’ll achieve those goals too.

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Jenn M. Jackson is the Editorial Assistant for The Black Youth Project. She is also the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Water Cooler Convos, a politics, news, and culture webmag for bourgie Black nerds. For more about her, tweet her at @JennMJack or visit her website at

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