17-Year-Old Offered $2.3 Million in Scholarships to Ph.D. Programs

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 30, 2018USshare
17-Year-Old Offered $2.3 Million in Scholarships to Ph.D. Programs
A file photo of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on Nov. 14, 2013. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)

A 17-year-old Ohio girl is just a few weeks away from graduating college.

Now she’s getting offers for Ph.D. programs. In total, the offers equal $2.3 million.

Nine colleges have offered Corinne Weeks a full scholarship plus a housing stipend.

Weeks attended a public school until age 14 but found the classes weren’t challenging enough so she dropped out and enrolled in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin University in Virginia.

“I felt like it was the place I was meant to be,” Weeks told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I could start on my college degree right away and take all the classes I wanted to.”

And she’s set to graduate in May with a 4.0 GPA after three years at the college.

The nine schools that have offered her full scholarships to continue her education include Stanford, Princeton, and Cornell.

Weeks said she’s leaning towards Stanford but isn’t going to make her final decision just yet. She’s majoring in Applied Mathematics with minors in Chemistry and Physics at Mary Baldwin. Her 15-year-old sister Camille also attends the university.

The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin University allows girls as young as age 13 to skip all or part of high school to enroll in the program, according to the university’s website.

“PEG will feel very much like a boarding school, with MBU’s college-level coursework and access to all the university’s offerings, like clubs, athletics, study abroad, and service-learning,” the school stated on its website in a FAQ section for parents.

“Your daughter will be with people like her, who love to gather to explore new ideas. Here, she can truly be herself. For more than three decades, gifted girls have thrived in this setting.”

The page added, “Strong test scores and GPAs are a good start, but what’s more important is drive, maturity, and excitement about starting college early. PEG students are often bored in middle or high school classes, feel misaligned with their peers, have an insatiable academic curiosity, and are eager to advance to graduate school or a career. They want to be challenged while at the same time supported, and have opportunities to build meaningful connections with other young teenagers.”


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