By Briasia Russ
Following Zaila Avant-garde’s win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Zaila has received multiple scholarships to college. From Louisiana State University to Southern University, institutions are welcoming Zaila with open arms.
Due to the 14-year-old making history by becoming the first African American to win the spelling bee in 96 years, Southern University’s president Ray L. Belton offered a “Zaila Day” to honor this win.
I am pleased to announce that @Southernu_BR is offering #ZailaAvantgarde a full scholarship and "#Zaila Day" at SU, part of the nation’s only #HBCU system. Our student leaders, faculty, and alumni look forward meeting with you. We welcome you to the #JaguarNation! #WeAreSouthern pic.twitter.com/4eeSI457yr
— Ray L. Belton, Ph.D. (@SUSprez) July 10, 2021
Not only has she made history, but she’s also broke three Guinness World Records for simultaneously dribbling basketballs. The spelling bee victor and world record breaker plans to become an NBA coach in the near future.