HOUSTON — Lamar High School student Michael Brown knows he’ll be enrolled in one of America’s top universities next year, he just has to decide which one.
Brown, who grew up in the economically challenged Third Ward in Houston, worked for years to get into Stanford University.
He not only got into Stanford, but all 20 colleges he applied to, including four Ivy League schools: Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Williams College, University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley, Amherst, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tulane University, University of Michigan, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine.
In 2017, the average high school GPA to get into Harvard was 4.10, Yale: 4.19, Princeton: 3.90, Michael’s is 4.68.
He also participates in several extracurricular activities including Lamar’s Varsity Debate Team, the Key Club, Young Democrats, Houston Independent School District's Emerge program and 100 Black Men of Houston, just to name a few.
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In addition, he has worked with several political campaigns.
Brown would like to study political science then earn a law degree. Eventually, he’d like to work at a law firm and run for public office.
“Politics is the route for making changes on a bigger scale and working with people in the community,” he said.
Brown largely credits his motivation to his mother, Berthinia.
“When I was in elementary school, I saw my mom graduate from community college and that just meant a lot to me,” explained Brown.
“Michael is my rainbow baby,” shared Berthinia. “I lost three babies before I had Michael. So, I just wanted to be the best mother that I could be to him. I wanted to make sure that he had stability.”
Michael was offered full rides to each and every school, plus $260,000 he’s earned in scholarships.
Michael hopes his accomplishment will serve as motivation to other kids in the Third Ward or wherever they may be.
“Be helpful. Dream big. Don’t be afraid,” Brown said. “Be proud of your family, love yourself, love your community and then share your story. Inspire other people to really reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.”
Brown has not decided which school he will attend however, he has to make a decision by May 1st.