Dennis Barnes, who is in his last year at the International High School in New Orleans, applied last August to 200 universities across the country.
So far he has been accepted to 125 schools and hopes to receive more offers before deciding where he will enroll.
Thanks to scholarship offers, Mr. Barnes could soon set a new national record.
“My goal is to get to $10 million,” he told local television station WWL-TV, which first reported the impressive sum the student had raised.
In this way, Barnes would surpass an American record set three years ago by another woman from Louisiana, Normandie Cormier.
Cormier, who attended Xavier University in Louisiana and is currently completing a master’s degree at Louisiana State University, was offered $9.4 million in total aid from about 140 schools in 2019.
According to The Guardian, she requested recognition from Guinness World Records for her feat, and while the organization could not find a person with more bids in the US, it could not determine whether she had broken a world record, given the global differences between higher education systems.
Barnes told WWL-TV that his social media “exploded” when word of his success spread.
He is the president of the National Honor Society, speaks fluent Spanish, has a near-perfect GPA, and is already earning college credits at Southern University in New Orleans.
Applying to so many schools was not “overwhelming, as most people would think,” he added. “I started at the beginning of the school year and over a long period of time I applied.”
In a statement released by his school, Barnes said he plans to pursue a dual degree in computer science and criminal justice and will announce next month which college he plans to attend.
His advice to other applicants: “The path to a successful future is to plan ahead, make connections with college partners, and know that if you can see your vision, you can achieve your goal.”
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