In this year’s American College application season, there is a legend – Dennis Barnes from New Orleans International High School.
The 16-year-old American high school senior has applied to more than 200 universities in the United States this past application season and has been accepted to 185 universities so far.
In addition, 150 of the admitted schools have given him scholarships for a total of more than $10 million!
This weekend, Dennis decided to study at Cornell University and wanted to major in computer science. He also gave his reasons,”Cornell is the best university in the United States!”
Cornell University officials also released a statement welcoming the “Internet celebrity” student’s choice to attend the Cornell School of Engineering.
It is reported that Cornell University to Dennis 4 years a total of more than $200 thousand in scholarships, enough to cover the Ivy League University’s high tuition.
While the reader laments Dennis’s enormous workload in completing 200 college applications, he also has to lament his black identity.
Some netizens pointed out: the United States need to apply for college application fee, with an average of $50 a school application fee, the application fee of more than 200 schools as high as more than $10,000! So the netizen speculated that Dennis Barnes was waiving the application fee nine times out of ten.
Second, scholarships, American universities for low-income and minority groups to provide high scholarships to promote educational equity and diversity of students, so Dennis was able to receive up to 10 million dollars in scholarships.
This figure also set a new record for the total amount of scholarships received by American high school graduates in college applications. Only Dennis ended up getting a scholarship to his college.
GPA of 4.98, proficient in Spanish
Of course, black identity alone is not enough, Dennis himself is a “genuine” academic tyrant! His high school GPA was 4.98. In addition to his academic achievements, he is fluent in Spanish, has taken relevant courses, and has obtained a diploma issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
“I started applying for college in August last year and my inbox exploded with offers and hundreds of offers of scholarships,” he told the media. Denise started applying for college very early.
In addition, he served as president of his high school’s National Honor Society and through an admissions program initiated by Southern University New Orleans while still in high school,Take 27 college credits.
Dennis’s mother told the media that she was not surprised that her son had so many (college) options. “I know he has big ambitions, and I believe he will achieve it all.”
High School Debt Burden, "Debt-Free School" Opportunity Attractive
Before Dennis, the university scholarship record was set by Normandi (below). When she applied to college in 2019, she received more than $9 million in scholarships.
Normandi said Dennis’s success highlights the pursuit of higher education among young Americans today. She added that at a time when student loans have become a burden for American students, she hopes the news of Dennis’s success will inspire other high school students to find more ways to get scholarships and get the chance to attend “debt-free.”
Figures show that about 45 million people in the United States are currently saddled with $1.77 trillion in student debt. It has been reported that student loans have become a heavy burden on American students, and the high cost of higher education is the main reason.
In fact, President Joe Biden announced the Student Loan Relief Program through an executive order last year, which aims to reduce federal student loan debt for low- and moderate-income earners by up to $10,000 per lender. However, the plan soon faced legal challenges from Republicans.
According to Xinhua News Agency reported in March this year, the current position of the Supreme Court Republican conservative judges in the majority, which means that Biden’s school loan relief plan may be aborted. Biden himself admitted that he had no confidence in the court’s ruling. A final ruling in the case is understood to be announced in late June.
With the Department of Education in America short of funds, some agencies are preparing to restart student payments. When COVID-19 spread around the world in 2020, both Presidents Trump and Biden allowed students to suspend student loan payments without interest. That has changed, and the Biden administration had earlier publicly stated that the “moratorium on loan repayments” would end this summer. Officials have notified loan servicers that interest charges on federal loans have been reinstated since September, the report said, citing documents.