Jasmine Harrison

Jasmine Harrison, a 17-year-old senior from Greensboro N.C., was accepted into 113 colleges and earned nearly $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships.

“On those late nights when I was filling out those applications with my mom and we just felt like we cannot do this, we just ended up singing gospel songs together to get through the night,” Harrison told WFMY News.

She was strategic in her application process and was able to apply to more than 100 colleges and universities while only spending $135 in application fees. In addition to receiving help from her school and her community

Harrison applied to 53 HBCUs through the single Common Black College Application, and College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) College Application Week – where she was able to apply to several statewide schools for free.

She will graduate with a 4.0 GPA from The Academy in Greensboro. Harrison will attend college in her home state. She was offered a full scholarship to HBCU Bennett College, where she plans to study biology.

Information from Essence.com, USAToday.com and WFMY News contributed to this report.

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