Black Girl Magic: Teen accepted into 39 colleges, awarded $1.6m in scholarship money
Women's History Month is kicking off to a good start, and Black Girl Magic is in full swing.
Jordan Nixon is only 17, but she’s already hit the scholarship jackpot by being awarded $1.6 million in scholarship money.
Nixon, who is a senior at Douglas County High school in Atlanta, Georgia, told CBS 46 that her goal is to attend a school with a diverse student body while majoring in International Business. The scholastic teen has applied to a total of 50 schools and is still receiving acceptance letters.
“The crazy thing is, I’m still waiting on decision letters, but I was not expecting that at all,” Nixon gushed in her interview with CBS. “It’s shocking, each and every time, you’re taken aback every time you open one.” So far, all of Nixon’s college applications have returned with the same response- “Yes!”
Earlier in the week, Nixon’s school celebrated the teen’s good news via a Facebook post on the school district’s official page:
Pinky Quick, the College and Career Center Specialist at Douglas County High School, says that this is the most acceptance letters any student from the school has ever received.
“Students like Jordan who took advantage of being able to apply to a lot of schools through certain avenues like the Common Black App, you can apply to a lot of schools with one low price for that one, and also Common App they can apply to up to 20 schools at one time on one App.”
Nixon’s mom, Angela Nixon, commented on her daughter’s news: “We’re so happy for her because she does put in a lot of due diligence into applying for these schools,” she said.
As far as Nixon’s secret to success, the teen revealed it’s as simple as trying her best. “I don’t study all the time, but I definitely do study. I think my secret is to just give it my all,” she said.
“I am [also] one of the captains of the varsity cheer team here at Douglas County. I’m in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and I also participate in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America),” the diligently active teen added.
Nixon also spoke to Fox 5 Atlanta, explaining that she hopes her story can help and inspire others.
“I wanted to challenge myself. That was the most important thing for me, just to show others anything is possible and that anyone can accomplish it too.”
Nixon told CBS that she plans to make her decision on which school she’ll attend by May 1.