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18-year-old girl receives $2 million Gates scholarship, set to earn business degree at Howard University



Akayla Brown, a remarkable 18-year-old from Philadelphia who earned a 3.3 GPA out of a possible 4.00 points, was awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship.

Akayla Brown was one of the 300 senior students chosen from among the 34,000 applicants from throughout the United States for the highly competitive scholarship award.

The high school student from Bodine expressed her happiness at receiving the award.

“When I opened the letter, I was stunned. I was trembling. She yelled and jumped about, she told 6ABC Philadelphia.

Akayla Brown has received more than $2 million in scholarships overall, including her Bill and Gates Foundation Scholarship, admittance to 18 universities around the country, and numerous other presidential scholarships.

“I want to set an example for my peers and the younger generation and demonstrate to them that everything is possible if you put your mind to it.

I simply try to fully live my life. You don’t actually die; you just live every day. And there’s no turning around,” Brown reportedly told Philly Mag.

Akayla Brown chose Howard University in Washington, DC, to pursue a degree in international business after receiving admission and scholarships to several American universities.

I adore the feeling of being in a community and with my own people. She told KYW, “I always knew in my heart that I belonged in an HBCU.

Akayla Brown, a multitalented individual, founded a nonprofit when she was just 13 years old.

She emphasized in her application for a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that she wanted to use the money to expand and grow her NGO.

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Her charitable organization has organized events for the homeless, supported back-to-school activities, and created a turkey drive.

She remarked, when asked how she planned to spend her time in college: “Once I get to Howard, I plan on bringing not just my education, but also my nonprofit [organization] and resources [to the table].”

Although the urban community is extremely powerful, they require good leadership to lead them. I intend to reach out and close the gap.