17-year-old offered more than $1 million in scholarships from 18 colleges


A high school senior will be making the hard decision of which college to attend after receiving more than $1 million in scholarship money from 18 different schools.

Shanya Robinson-Owens applied to 20 schools and has been overwhelmed with the responses and the amount of financial awards she has received so far.

The 17-year-old has been offered $1,074,260 in scholarships.

"We are overjoyed," Shanya's aunt, Christine Owens, told "Good Morning America.”

"I knew she wouldn't have a problem getting into colleges, but we didn't know they would award her this much money in scholarship funds."

Shanya currently attends George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science in Philadelphia where she maintains a 3.2 GPA and is still waiting to hear from two more schools.

She has received acceptances from Moravian College, La Salle University, Lincoln University, Temple University and Cabrini University, among others.

"It was kind of a surprise. I was really shocked," Shanya told WPVI-TV. "I didn't know what to do, if I would cry, laugh, I didn't know what to do."

Due to the COVID pandemic, she’s had to attend school virtually for part of her junior year and all of her senior year. Despite the challenges, Shanya advises other students to take their time.

"You really have to be patient," she told GMA. "Stay focused. If you need to have some time away, it's OK. You can tell your teachers that because they know you're stressed."

Shanya will visit some of the campuses before making a final decision and plans to major in psychology.

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