Systemic Racism… the more you know

Philly teen receives over $1 million in scholarships after applying to 20 schools

By Christie Ileto February 24, 2021 11:08PM

A 17-year-old from West Philadelphia has racked up over $1 million in scholarships after applying to more than a dozen schools.

Shanya Robinson-Owens applied to 20 colleges and universities. She’s gotten into 18, and almost all of them have awarded her a scholarship. In fact, she’s been awarded over $1 million of scholarship money.

“It was kind of a surprise. I was really shocked,” said Shanya Robinson-Owens. “I didn’t know what to do, if I would cry, laugh, I didn’t know what to do.”

“We’re not surprised she did get into all of the schools, we’re just surprised by the amount of financial award letters she’s been receiving,” said her aunt, Christine Owens. “I’ve just been keeping track of all of the acceptances and prizes she’s been giving and it’s just adding up day by day.”

Robinson-Owens has spent the last two years learning virtually because of the pandemic, something that’s been a challenge for many students, particularly those of color. While she’s overcome that hurdle, her next one involves making the biggest decision of her young adult life: picking a school from a stack of acceptance letters, which isn’t necessarily the worst problem to have.

4 thoughts on “Systemic Racism… the more you know”

  1. This is utterly hilarious.
    I’m sure she is a nice girl. But universities and organizations that are tripping over themselves to give this girl money, is insane. (But then again, we KNEW that already.)
    Not that this is relevant, b/c the good Dr. King had communist tendencies which would have eventually shown themselves, had he not been “martyred” for the cause. (Term used tongue-in-cheek. Sort of.)
    But his comment about judging someone’s character before the color of their skin must only go in one direction.

  2. She spent the last TWO years learning virtually because of the “pandemic”? The lockdowns started just under a year ago…

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