Florida Teen Awarded Over $4M in Scholarships, 27 Acceptance Letters All Whereas Engaged on Patent for Invention That Helps the Blind

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Walker of Panama Metropolis, Florida, has acquired acceptance letters to all 27 nationally top-ranked universities he utilized to – together with MIT, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins – and over $4 million in scholarship presents.

The Rutherford Excessive College senior hopes that he evokes different Black teenagers to observe their desires of turning into inventors too, stories the Panama Metropolis Information Herald.

Walker now faces the troublesome alternative of deciding to attend Yale, Stanford, or the College of Pennsylvania, amongst different Ivy Leagues. He has but to make his resolution. 

“So, I’ve simply actually been making an attempt to let it soak in simply how a lot of a blessing it’s that I acquired into all of those schools,” stated the 4.85 GPA-holding soccer participant. “So similar to sitting again smelling the roses.”

Throughout his software course of, Walker was additionally busy engaged on a patent for an invention of a Braille system he and his former classmate Alex Johnson developed. Earlier innovations the Florida teen has labored on embody an air filter that turns gasoline emissions into oxygen and most lately, a safe prescription drug administration system that gained him the 2021 #TICodes Contest, a nationwide competitors held by Texas Devices.

“The best way he thinks… I can see him sometime being like an Elon Musk or a Steve Jobs or Invoice Gates,” stated Rutherford Principal Coy Pilson. “His thoughts makes connections that almost all of us don’t take into consideration.”

Whereas Walker admits to being impressed by Musk or Jobs or Gates, he needs to create his personal path.

“One of many issues that additionally bothers me… if you consider the highest tech guys within the trade, there’s not many Black individuals who you consider in that tech entrepreneur sphere,” Walker stated. “As a baby, me trying as much as them, I’m not trying as much as those that seem like me.”

Rising up, Walker struggled to imagine he may make it as an inventor as a result of there weren’t many Black faces within the tech and engineer world. 

“I’ve at all times beloved creating units to assist folks, so I undoubtedly need to additional that,” he stated to the native outlet. “I’m taking a look at majoring in electrical engineering and presumably biomedical engineering to hopefully develop medical expertise so as to assist deprived communities which have well being issues.”

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