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Micheal Brown has quite a choice in front of him— he’s been accepted to 20 of the nation’s top schools, with each offering him a full scholarship. It’s good to have options.

“It’s something I’m proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off,” the Houston teen told CNN. That hard work resulted in a nearly perfect straight-A record (he once got a B, and it was very difficult for him). According to, that’s a 4.68 GPA for Micheal’s high school career.

The 17-year-old scholar cast a wide net and aimed high, applying to 20 of the best colleges and universities in the country. He was floored to discover that all 20 of the schools accepted him, and that he earned more than $260,000 in scholarships.

The acceptances began pouring in last December, and he opened the first one at a friend’s house to alleviate the pressure of cracking it open in front of his entire family. However, he still made sure to invite his mom for the momentous occasion because this was not a time to leave out the woman who gave him life and watched his entire academic career.

“After sixth grade, Mike was in control of his education,” Micheal’s mom, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, told CNN. “He was focused, he knew what he wanted and he made his own decisions.”

Berthinia was filming as he opened the acceptance letter from Stanford. He also applied to seven other Ivy League schools: Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Vanderbilt.

Wherever Micheal does choose to go, he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Economics.


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