Teen accepted to more than 100 colleges chooses Eureka

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EUREKA, Ill. — Picking a college isn’t an easy choice for any high schooler. Louisiana native Antoinette Love made the choice even more difficult for herself, by applying to more than 100 schools.

Love was accepted to 116 colleges and offered more than $4 million in scholarships. During a signing ceremony Thursday at International High School of New Orleans, Love announced she’ll be attending Eureka College. 

“I chose Eureka College because I feel like it is the best place for me to thrive and do great things as a future teacher,” said Love. “I want to attend a small school where professors know me, and at Eureka, even the President knows me.” 

Love is a first-generation college student who earned a 3.7 GPA while being involved in the National Honor Society, the English Honor Society and Rho Kappa social studies honor society, the anime club and video game club. She previously stated her desire to study elementary education, but her favorite subject in school is environmental science.

“After getting to know Antoinette over several conversations and learning more of her interests, it is abundantly clear that Eureka College is the place where she will thrive and be able to pursue all of her passions in the type of highly personalized and caring environment she and her family desire,” said Eureka College President Jamel Santa Cruze Wright. “We are proud of Antoinette’s accomplishments and couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her and the Love family to our uniquely Eureka community that I am certain will exceed her expectations as much as I expect her to exceed ours.”

Love, who is also interested in experiential learning opportunities like studying abroad will get to do just that as part of the College’s Uniquely Eureka Advantage Program, which includes a $2,000 grant for all students in good academic standing to reduce the costs of participation, as well as a roadmap to graduate in four years or the fifth year is free.

In a Facebook post, proud mother Yolanda Love wrote about the pride she has for her oldest child.

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