Black excellence

Meet Ariyana Davis: The Chicago student accepted into 23 black colleges and offered $300k in scholarships

IN DEMAND: Ariyana Davis

MEET ARIYANA Davis, a Chicago high school student who was accepted into every one of the 24 colleges she applied to.

Of those 24, 23 of were historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the other was Eastern Illinois University, a predominantly white institution.

The 18-year-old, who attends Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, was able to apply to dozens of schools thanks to the Common Black College Application that allows students to apply to up to 50 HBCUs for a mere $35

Ariyana told ABC News it was important for her to attend an HBCU “because they are known for producing successful black professionals.”

“It was important for me to go to an institution that feels like home,” she added.

The second-generation college student, who was offered a total of $300,000 in financial aid from all the schools, added that she felt “really grateful.”

Ariyana hopes to major in accounting and has chosen to attend Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.

“I love the family-oriented environment and close-knitted community, and the opportunity they will provide to me when I join the honors courses,” she said of her decision.


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