Florida teen earns $1 million in scholarships

Posted at 10:31 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 08:09:50-04

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — From an early age Jamya Wiley decided to hit the books and now her years of hard work and weighted 6.1 GPA are paying off.

Take a peak into Jamya's world.

"I'm a varsity cheerleader, I'm on the varsity track team, varsity cross country team, I'm in the national honor society," Wiley said. 

At 17-years-old, the shy but joyful teenager is on a mission.

"College is really expensive," she said.

But after her years of hard work and weighted 6.1 GPA she has earned more than $1 million in scholarships.

"It was amazing to know that I was that, I was the top person, that I got the most amount of scholarships out of any student that ever attended Lincoln Park," she told Scripps station WPTV in West Palm Beach. 

Jamya said she knew success was in her future, but others couldn't always see it.

"At honor roll ceremonies, or things where I would get awards, people would come up to me and say, 'wow'. I would appreciate it, but it was kind of like they didn't expect it or it's uncommon," she said. 

The $1 million in scholarships won't make Jamya take it easy. The Lincoln Park Academy student says she's setting new goals.

"That all encourages me to just do my best and encourage other kids that look like me to do their best so that we can change the story," she said. 

Jamya has five colleges on her final list and she expects to choose one this weekend. She also recently found out she won the Bill and Melinda Gates full ride scholarship.