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Getting into the college of your choice is always a dream come true. Multiply that number by eight and it ‘s a dream in a million come true.

For Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a17-year-old student from New Jersey, it all started when she sent applications to eight Ivy League universities. The Morris Town High School senior told WABC TV that she hopes to go into global health and study biology and the schools have great research facilities.

“I was shaking, I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness and then I was like, what did I say?” Ifeoma told the television station.

Does she have a choice? Asked Eyewitness News Reporter Darla Miles.

“At this point none of the schools I’ve applied to said they give merit scholarships,” Ifeoma said.

A gifted student, who loves poetry and writing, she is praying that the schools offer her financial aid and help her pay for college.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. Federal Student Aid also manages student financial assistance programs that provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

The eight institutions, which include Brown University, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale,  also offer financial aid.


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