The Obama Effect: Houston Teen Awarded Full-Ride Scholarships to Top 20 Colleges and Cites Barack Obama for Interest in Politics

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For many high school students, applying to college can be very stressful and waiting to hear back can be even more nerve-racking. However, for seventeen-year-old Micheal Brown, worrying is a thing in the past because he not only was accepted to the 20 schools he applied to but got a full ride to each!

According to The New York Times, Brown – who is a senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston –was accepted to several Ivy League schools including Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, and Northwestern, which happened to be his top picks. He was also accepted to highly selective private schools like Pomona College and public universities like the University of Michigan.

Each of the colleges offered Brown a combination of merit- and financial-based scholarships and grants. In addition to the scholarships he received from the schools, Brown was awarded an estimated $260,000 through scholarships he sought outside of the college application process.

For those who were wondering how he did it, Brown had a 4.68 grade point average while applying to college, a whopping SAT score of 1540 out of 1600, and an ACT score of 34.

““He actually earned it,” said Brown’s mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown. “I always knew Mike would get into a good school. I always knew he’d get good scholarship support. But I never imagined this.”

During his high school career, Brown was heavily involved in his school’s debate team, student government, and mock trial. He has also volunteered for various political campaigns. As expected, the Houston teen has his mind set on majoring in political science and is considering a second degree in economics. With hopes of becoming a lawyer, Brown cited his interest to “the moment I saw Barack Obama get elected.”

“It’s something I’m proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off,” Micheal told CNN.

For the next 30 days, Brown will be touring addition schools before making his final decision on May 1st.

Photo Credit: Micheal Brown/Youtube