New Orleans teen gets 115 college acceptance letters

When Antoinette Love was born six weeks prematurely to Anthony and Yolanda Love, all her mother wanted was for Love to live. The New Orleans native only weighed 4.4 pounds, but she eventually left the hospital 23 days later.

Years later, Love blew past another milestone: Acceptance into 115colleges and universitiesnationwide.

Love, a senior at theInternational High School of New Orleans, applied to and was unanimously accepted at 115 schools across the country, according to her school. Her efforts also resulted in more than $3.7 million in offered scholarships. Love is determined to become an educator and wants to major in elementary education beginning this fall, her mother said by phone Tuesday (April 23).

Love, who is planning to be on the road the next few weeks visiting several colleges, said she’s excited to see what the schools have to offer. She advises students to seek out as many fee waivers as possible for every college they apply to. Students should only consider paying for applications at the colleges they “really want to” attend, she added.

Love said she’s planning to make her college choice by May 1.

Yolanda Love calls her daughter’s accomplishments amazing, but she pointed out Love had a lot of support around her. Her counselor Denise James helped her identify college application fee waivers. Love also used the CollegeCommon Appto apply to multiple colleges through one application, and the CommonBlack College Applicationto apply at 50historically black universities, Yolanda Love said. READ MORE AT NOLA.COM

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