Dennis Barnes: US Teen Receives More Than $9m in University Scholarship Offers

A 16-year-old Louisiana student has received university scholarship offers totaling more than $9 million (£7.2 million).

Dennis Barnes, a senior at the International High School of New Orleans, applied to 200 institutions throughout the country last August.

He has gotten accepted at 125 institutions so far and is looking for more before deciding where to enroll.

Mr Barnes could soon set a new national record thanks to the scholarship offers.

“My goal is to reach $10 million,” he told the local WWL-TV media outlet, which first reported the eye-popping amount the student has amassed.

Mr Barnes would break a US record set three years ago by another Louisianan, Normandie Cormier.

Ms Cormier, who attended historically black Xavier University of Louisiana and is now pursuing a master’s degree at Louisiana State University, received $9.4 million in total help from 140 schools in 2019.

According to The Guardian, she sought certification from Guinness World Records for her achievement, but the organization was unable to determine whether she had broken a world record due to geographic variances in higher education institutions.

Mr Barnes told WWL-TV that his social media “blew up” as word spread of his achievement.

He is a National Honours Society president who is fluent in Spanish, has a near-perfect grade point average (GPA) and is already pursuing college credits at the Southern University at New Orleans.

Applying to so many schools had not been “overwhelming like most people would think,” he added. “I started in the beginning of the school year and over time, over a long period of time, I was applying.”

In a statement released by his school, Mr Barnes said he plans to pursue a dual degree in computer science and criminal justice, and would announce next month which college he plans to attend.

His advice to fellow applicants: “The road to a successful future is to plan ahead, network with the collegiate partners, and know that if you can see your vision, you can achieve your goal.”

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