He Got Full Rides to 20 Schools. TV Anchors Called It 'Ridiculous'

Some say DC journos were racially motivated in remarks about Michael Brown
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2018 1:00 AM CDT
He Got Full Rides to 20 Schools. TV Anchors Called It 'Ridiculous'
Yale is on Brown's list of possibilities.   (Getty Images/uschools)

One might think a high school senior called the "best thing in Texas" by Texas Monthly, and who got accepted to 20 colleges—some of which were Ivy Leagues, and all of which offered him a full ride with grants and scholarships—would receive universal praise in the media. But per KSAT, staffers at a DC station seemed annoyed last Tuesday at his avalanche of good news. Podcast host Sarah Fraser asked Fox 5 DC morning co-anchors Holly Morris and Allison Seymour if they thought it was "a little ridiculous" Micheal Brown threw his hat in the ring for 20 schools, which Fraser believes yanked spots away from other teens who'd be waitlisted. Morris agreed it was "ridiculous" and also "obnoxious," because "you can only take one full ride and you are taking a spot from someone else who works really hard."

Seymour tried to point out that scholarships from schools Brown eventually turns down—his first choice is Stanford, though with Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other esteemed schools in the mix, he hasn't made up his mind yet—will go "back into the pot." HuffPost notes that many online were angered by the journos' takes, with some saying their comments may have been racially motivated, as Brown is black. Fraser has since apologized to Brown (he accepted), calling their remarks "petty" and insisting Brown is "awesome." Morris clarified on Twitter she just believes in a more "targeted search" for colleges; she also conducted a Skype interview with Brown, which he says was "respectful," but he adds he won't give permission for it to air until he gets an apology from the station. "Where's the #humandecency?," he tweeted last week. (More colleges and universities stories.)

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