HERE AREN’T many eight-year-olds putting together their college admissions packages, but Jordin Phipps girl did just that — without even realising it.
The youngster was surprised with a $10,000 scholarship and guaranteed admission to University of North Texas (UNT) last week after a video of her reciting her educational mantra was shared with university officials.
Jordin’s mum Nichole Smith filmed her last month reciting the daily motivation that she and her classmates at Watson Technology Center recite.
“I am smart. I am a leader. Failure is not an option for me. Success is only moments away. … I have the attitude of a North Texas Eagle,” Jordin said while sporting a UNT Eagles shirt in the video.
Nichole, a UNT alumna, shared the short video on the university’s Facebook page. The video has since been shared more than 90,000 times on multiple platforms.
“They contacted me and said they wanted to present her with a scholarship,” Nicole, a special education teacher, told ABC News.
UNT officials surprised Jordin at a school assembly.
Rebecca Lothringer, UNT’s director of admissions, told Jordin that she had won the Presidential Excellence Scholarship for Leadership, a $10,000 prize normally awarded to high school seniors or transfer students.
The eight-year-old is also guaranteed a spot in UNT’s Class of 2030.
She is the youngest student to be accepted to the university, according to Lothringer.
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