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18-year-old gets accepted into 40 colleges, awarded $1.6 mil in scholarships

Samuel Lyons (304470)
Samuel Lyons

According to KVUE and Afro Tech, Samuel Lyons is a Franklin High School (FHS) senior who has not only been admitted to 40 colleges but has been offered more than $1.6 million in scholarship money, too.

While the admission letters keep rolling in, it’s still only the beginning of May, so a guidance counselor at the school reveals that the list could continue to grow.

“We started in August 2020 doing his college applications and he has diligently been working at home applying to colleges while virtual,” shared Guidance Counselor Ale Massenburg. “I do not believe this is all of his scholarship money or acceptance letters. We have completed several other scholarships from different organizations that we are waiting on. I believe that he will get those also.”

Thus far Lyons has been admitted to the University of Richmond, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Ferrum College all located in the state of Virginia.

Currently, his sights have been set upon Virginia Commonwealth University located in the state’s capital, Richmond, where Lyons has received the VCU Engineering Progressive Award in the amount of $30,000.

The 18-year-old will graduate high school in June and has plans to pursue a career in computer engineering before ultimately returning to Franklin to serve as a mentor for kids.