“I just wanted to see how high I could climb. It is an honor and gratitude for me to be in this position, ”Maya Grimes said.

ST. LOUIS – “I was able to catch my breath and take it all in. I feel great, ”said 17-year-old Maya Grimes.

Grimes smiles and in vain.

“It’s very nice that I achieved this. I am happy to be part of the positive news that I can share with the whole world, ”Grimes told Robert Townsend of 5 On Your Side.

My high school student Metro High School near downtown St. Louis. She is an honors student with a GPA of 3.5 and is also the captain of her school’s athletics and volleyball teams.

“I’m just proud and very grateful to be in that position,” Grimes said.

And what “position” to be.

It all started in November last year, when Maya sat down at the computer and applied for university.

“The University of Nebraska was the first school I applied to. I wanted to submit several applications, ”the high school student said.

Her “multiple applications” quickly skyrocketed.

“And I saw a scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska, and then I was very shocked,” Grimes added.

The high school student of the metro was so “pumped up” that she continued to apply.

“It was like a game. I liked it. I submitted another 30 applications and received another 29 applications. I saw on the internet that so many students from all over the country had set a million dollar goal, so I said I could do it too, and I set a goal of a million dollar college scholarship, ”Maya said.

In just five months, she has actually exceeded her goal.

“I was very excited. I received at least $ 1,033,591 in scholarships, and yes, I was very, very happy, ”said the teenager from St. Louis.

“I told her I would always keep two notes on which she wrote down her 30 scholarship proposals, because those were the moments when she did it,” said Tamara Johnson, Maya’s ecstatic school counselor.

The winner of the million-dollar Metro scholarship “did it” on her own, and Maya hid her amazing achievement from her parents until last week.

“I just wanted to surprise Mom and Dad,” Maya said.

“I am very proud that Maya received all the money for the scholarship. I’m glad she’s graduating in May, but to say she’s a wonderful person and that she has a big heart is the most important thing for her parents. it has been proven that it does not fit in the box, and all that it defines as perfection is what it will be for, ”said Tina Grimes, Mai’s mom.

Wait, May has a lot more.

“I just love good challenges and stick to my hobbies,” said the multi-faceted talented high school graduate.

In November 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, the girl, who has always dreamed of big, started her online clothing business called “Mikey’s T-shirt”.

“I just wanted to use all the time at home during the pandemic to my advantage, so I started my own business and I can proudly say that everything is going well. I decided to enroll at Jackson University in Jackson, Mississippi, in August. I plan to study business administration. JSU is my mom’s alma mater and I am very excited to go there. As for the parade to other seniors who are applying for a scholarship to college, I would say believe in yourself, stick to your hobbies and just go for it, ”Maya Grimes said.


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