Black Philadelphia student awarded $1M in scholarships, chooses HBCU

Shanya Robinson-Owens got into more than 20 colleges and universities.


HBCU Screenshot from Fox 29 of 17-year-old Shanya Robinson-Owens

A Philadelphia high school senior, who was awarded over $1 million in scholarships, has decided to go to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall.

Shanya Robinson-Owens, 17, told Fox 29 Philadelphia that she will attend Clark Atlanta University after getting into more than 20 other schools.

“I wanted to go an HBCU, and then when it came down to it, I wanted to go to Atlanta,” Robinson-Owens said.

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Founded in 1865, Clark Atlanta University has about 3,300 students.

Robinson-Owens is interested in psychology, journalism and forensics, according to Fox 29 Philadelphia.

“We’re so excited, we’re sad because she’s going down south; obviously, we’re here in Philly, but we’re only a plane ride away,” said her aunt Christine. “We’re extremely happy that she had this many choices to choose from as well; she picked the best school that was good for her.”