She referred to one of the awards as “a Cheatham White Scholarship” when describing it. “The school, North Carolina Central, provided me with many of them, and this is one of the larger ones. Another scholarship of theirs that I’ve been awarded comes from North Carolina Central University, as does this one.
In addition to being an athlete, a debutante, and the president of the senior class, she has kept an outstanding grade point average of 4.4, and it is now very literally paying off for her.
Mykenzi commented that “it was a hard choice trying to narrow it (a college) down”), and “I was excited about getting all of the different letters.”
She was not only accepted by all 14 of the institutions to which she applied, but the acceptance letters from those colleges came with scholarships – LOTS of scholarships! Scholarships of $739,175 have been awarded so far.
“There are still other scholarships that I applied for,” she said, “and other scholarships that I didn’t add to that total, so I’m trying to reach a million,” she added while smiling. “There are still other scholarships that I applied for,” she said. “and other scholarships that I didn’t add to that total.”
In the same determined manner that she pursues her education, Mykenzi and her mother have been diligently applying for financial aid.
“We made a spreadsheet on her laptop,” DeeDee Davis explained, “and we just listed every scholarship.” Because she was missing four, I made sure to emphasize those points. The word proud does not even begin to cover how I feel about what she has accomplished. Simply because I get to see the results of all of her hard work, I’m probably more excited than she is.
Mykenzi’s efforts have not only resulted in a record number of scholarship grants, but also, according to a teacher at the school named Andrea Goode, her application procedure is establishing a standard for the school.
Goode said in a questioning tone, “Can you share that spreadsheet with me so that I can demonstrate it to students the following school year?” “So that people are able to recognize that this was Mykenzi.
“This is the person you spotted with the more than 739 thousand dollars. “Probably close to a million by this point,” she replied.
Mykenzi’s family decided to treat her to a brand-new Lexus in recognition of the fact that they won’t have to contribute financially to her education at North Carolina Central University, where she will be a student working for a degree in anesthesiology.
For her, doing this is about more than just advancing her career; it’s about completing a promise she made to an aunt of hers who passed away from an extremely rare kind of cancer.
Mykenzi was just five years old when her mother passed away.
“I remember, the last thing I said to her was that I was going to be a doctor to help people just like her,” she said to me. “So I just want to continue with that,” she said.