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This Ontario Student Received More Than $2M In Scholarship Offers

Written by Connor Briggs-Morris
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Ever wonder if it was even possible to receive more than $2,000,000 in student scholarship offers? Of course not, because that’s nuts. Until now.

Rachel Burns, a graduating art student from Etobicoke School of the Arts has accumulated scholarship offers that total over two million dollars.

Why Should You Care?

Because you could absolutely take some cues from Rachel’s crazy side hustle. Look past the scholarship offers and realize that she created her own path to success. It’s legitimately inspiring. Also, check out her website. With a portfolio and brand like that, she’s likely never going to need to use a resume again when she applies for a job. Okay, so here’s the full story.

What Would You Do?

Talk about decisions. Rachel Burns, a 17-year-old Ontarian grad has gotten scholarship offers from 23 schools and counting. These offers have come from schools all over North America, like the San Francisco Art Institute and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, who have offered the highest individual scholarship at $146,000 USD. Reportedly stunned by the amount of offers, she doesn’t even know what do with them.

Having just opened an exhibition this past weekend at the General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto, she’s believed to be the first Canadian high schooler to hold a solo exhibition at a commercial art gallery. It’s extremely encouraging to see that, even amidst arts funding being cut across the board, a student was able to create post-secondary opportunities for herself through her creative work.

Rachel, if you’re reading this, we’d love to interview you :). Or, if you know Rachel, please shoot her this article.

Speaking of her work, don’t forget to check out Rachel’s art here. I gotta be honest, I don’t totally get it, but that’s probably why I wasn’t offered millions of dollars to go to university. Keep rocking it, Rachel.

P.S. We have a bunch of scholarship giveaways of our own available right now, but I personally recommend Full Ride. It’s a $35K giveaway up for grabs to any student in Canada. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter if you’re a super-slacker, straight A student, or artist extraordinairewe don’t care, you qualify.

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