High school student receives 106 college offers, $4.5 million in scholarships

Tara High School received $4.5 million in scholarship offers

(Photo: Lorenzo Bynum – used with permission)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) – A high school student in Louisiana has a tough choice to make. She has over 100 colleges vying after her, along with scholarship offers left and right, totaling $4.5 million in offers.

Kassidy Parnell is a senior at Tara High School in Baton Rouge, where she earned a 4.1 GPA. She said her grades put her at the top of her class.

According to Parnell’s parents, Kassidy was accepted into 106 schools. Her dad keeps track of all the scholarship offers and money in a comprehensive spreadsheet.

Image courtesy of Lorenzo Bynum

Some of the schools Kassidy has received letters of acceptance from include Southern University, Saint Louis University, Butler, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Seton Hall University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Kansas, and Kent State University.

Parnell has four full scholarship offers and 13 presidential scholarships to his name, not to mention dozens of academic and merit scholarships. The amount offered by each school varies, with several exceeding $150,000, according to his father’s spreadsheet.

The senior is also dual-enrolled at Baton Rouge Community College, where she is taking computer classes in addition to her high school classes.

Parnell said she also enjoys English, reading, listening to music and studying cybersecurity.

“This girl is a hard worker, a loyal friend, organized, witty and makes good decisions,” said her father, Lorenzo Bynum. “She loves learning new things. If she doesn’t know something, she will look it up and remember everything about it. She is not afraid to explore new horizons and is proud of her school and the work she does for IBM. She really makes our job as parents easier.

Parnell and his family visit college campuses every weekend as they try to narrow down the choices.

She graduated from Tara High School on May 18.

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