An 8-year-old 3rd grader from Garland, Texas was just accepted to college. Not only that, she received a $10,000 scholarship! She must be some kind of crazy genius, right? Or have some kind of major connection to the university? No and nope. It turns out, little Jordin Phipps is being recognized simply for her enthusiasm to learn.
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Jordin’s mom– who graduated from the University of North Texas, the college that just accepted Jordin– recorded a video of the little girl reciting the motivational phrase students at Watson Technology Center, Jordin’s elementary school, say daily. In the video, Jordin is wearing a UNT t-shirt, and she adds a cute line at the end about loving the school. Jordin’s mom just had to share it on UNT’s Facebook page, but she had no idea that it would get such a big response!
UNT shared the video of little Jordin, saying “MEAN GREEN PRIDE: 8-year-old Jordin is our new favorite person. Her mom just sent us this adorable and inspiring video of her. We can’t wait to have her on campus!”
UNT’s director of admissions explained that the video had a big impact on both her and the president of the university: “Her enthusiasm was felt far across our campus. Our president was the one who reached out and said ‘I want to do something for Jordin and her family.'”
So– just days after Jordin’s mom shared the video– UNT officials surprised Jordan at her elementary school’s assembly to present her with the Presidential Excellence Scholarship for Leadership, an award usually reserved for high school seniors and transfer students. Along with the scholarship is a guaranteed spot in the Class of 2030.
This award makes Jordin the youngest person ever to be accepted to UNT.
With her enthusiasm for learning, its no surprise that Jordin says she wants to be a teacher, just like her mom.
Check out the video of Jordin’s daily mantra below and share!
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