These kids are the reason your parents were disappointed in you:
A pair of twins from Chicago have been accepted to 62 colleges so far, while being offered over $1.5 million dollars in scholarships.
Shaprice and Deprice Hunt are 19-year old fraternal twins who’ve built impressive resumes over their high school careers. They both made the dean’s list and have perfect attendance records, not to mention having participated in both sports and activism programs.
But neither one expected that they’d earn such huge interest from colleges all over the country.
Deprice was accepted into 27 of the 29 schools to which he applied. “There were a couple schools I knew I would get into,” he said, “and a couple where it was like, 'Wow, this is exciting.' It kept getting better and better, and I just got more excited."
For her part, Shaprice was accepted to 35 out of 50 colleges. “I didn't know I was smart enough for most of the schools I got accepted to," she humbly admits.
And as if this universal acceptance wasn’t enough, the twins have been offered a total $1.6 million in scholarship opportunities. They basically can pick anywhere they want in the country to attend, and know that it’ll be fully paid for.
Interestingly though, Deprice intends to take a financial hit to attend his dream school, Morehouse College, whose financial aid package wasn’t as generous as some others. “I chose that over all the scholarships because to me, it's not about the money, but it's about where I feel comfortable," he says.
Meanwhile, Shaprice has an undisclosed shortlist of where she’d like to attend, and will decide in the next few days. But for the twins, just as important as their college decision is setting a strong example for their community.
“In Chicago, there's a huge array of violence,” according to Deprice. “I hope to inspire people not just in my community and school but also in the city and around the country with how much work we put in for these opportunities."