Congrats to Shaprice & Deprice Hunt! The Chicago Twins received 62 College Acceptancees & over $1M in Scholarships! pic.twitter.com/RkZ3sEc2MV— MissKeith Prevost (@VoteMisskeith) April 29, 2016
Chicago twins Deprice and Shaprice Hunt have accomplished a huge academic achievement that exceeds most of our wildest dreams.
Together, the siblings have been accepted to 56 colleges throughout the nation and have earned about $1.6 million in scholarships.
Chicago Twins Get Into 56 Colleges And Earn $1.6 Million in Scholarships..— CB (@lanewilliams133) April 21, 2016
Deprice and Shaprice Hunt. pic.twitter.com/4opSprNWtK
Shaprice has been accepted to 35 universities with two of them offering her a full-ride scholarship and five others recruiting her for their basketball teams. Alone, she’s earned $1.3 million in scholarships, enough to cover tuition and then some.
The story was brought to the forefront by Kemitashi Austin who posted about the twins’ phenomenal feat on Facebook. Austin shared screenshots from a text conversation with Shaprice in which the teen lists schools she and her brother were accepted to.
Deprice, a youth activist in his hometown, has been accepted to 27 schools and also offered two full scholarships. He has earned $300,000 in scholarship awards.
According to The Huffington Post, Shaprice’s top choices are either Illinois State University or Eastern Illinois University and she plans to double major in Education and Psychology.
Deprice’s top pick is Atlanta, Georgia’s Morehouse College — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alma Mater — where he wants to study Performing Arts and Political Science.
In addition to their remarkable academic success, the twins also have perfect attendance under their belts.
Growing up in Chicago — which has recently been mostly making headlines for the gun violence plaguing the city — the twins are surrounded by negative influences and stereotypes about black youth which is why Deprice offered this piece of advice: “A lot of people say you can’t do it because of where you’re from. Don’t listen to them.”
The twins reportedly said a top priority for them — aside from inspiring other teens — was to make sure their mother wouldn’t have to pay out of pocket toward their college education.
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