Elijah Precciely hasn’t even entered his teens yet and has accomplished more than some ever will in their lives. The 11-year-old Baton Rouge native recently received a full-ride scholarship from Southern University, The Advocate reported.
The youngster received an academic scholarship to the HBCU on Friday, the news outlet writes. Although he will officially enroll in the school next year, he’s been taking classes at the institution since the age of 8.
Precciely—who was homeschooled—always displayed a passion for learning and his parents nurtured that. Outside of academics, he has made strides in other areas of his life; becoming a published author, submitting five patents for inventions that he’s created and preaching his own sermons. “Find that child’s genius, what they like, and nurture that even if you have to seek outside help, then that’s what you do and that’s what we did,” his father Stephen Precciely told The Advocate.
Since he has already completed courses at Southern University he will begin as a sophomore and plans on studying physics and mechanical engineering. The scholarship that he received was created in honor of the institution’s first president Joseph S. Clark. “When I reflect on this Joseph S. Clark Presidential Scholars Award it means absolute legacy, nothing but legacy to me,” Elijah said. “Those that have paved the way, I want to thank you for paving the way in my education, and I will absolutely pave the way for others to do the impossible. I am elated.”
The school faculty is proud that Elijah will be a part of their student body. “We are pleased to offer Elijah Precciely the J.S. Clark Presidential Scholar award,” said Southern University President Ray Belton. “As a J.S. Clark Scholar, he will engage in research and other scholarly activities as part of the honors college.”
Elijah Precciely’s college acceptance comes nearly a year after 13-year-old Kimora Hudson started college at the University of West Georgia.
Mothers Of The Movement: Their Power, Protests And Passion
1. Mothers Of The MovementSource:Getty 1 of 18
2. Sybrina FultonSource:Getty 2 of 18
3. Lesley McSpaddenSource:Getty 3 of 18
4. Constance MalcolmSource:Getty 4 of 18
5. Gwen CarrSource:Getty 5 of 18
6. Samaria RiceSource:Getty 6 of 18
7. Lucy McBathSource:Getty 7 of 18
8. Gloria DardenSource:Getty 8 of 18
9. Valerie CastileSource:Getty 9 of 18
10. Judy ScottSource:Getty 10 of 18
11. Maria HamiltonSource:Getty 11 of 18
12. Geneva Reed-VealSource:Getty 12 of 18
13. Dorothy HolmesSource:Getty 13 of 18
14. Janet CookseySource:Getty 14 of 18
15. Cynthia LaneSource:Getty 15 of 18
16. Hawa BahSource:Getty 16 of 18
17. Tressa SherrodSource:Getty 17 of 18
18. Colette FlanaganSource:Getty 18 of 18
11-Year-Old Receives Southern University Scholarship was originally published on newsone.com