Student gets record $9M in scholarship offers and accepts from 125 colleges

Dennis Barnes, a high school senior from the International High School of New Orleans (IHSNO), has set a new Guinness World Book record with more than $9 million in scholarship offers from 125 colleges. Barnes has applied to more than 200 schools and is still waiting for decision letters from a few colleges.

“I submitted college applications in August with an eye on raising the bar high for college admissions. Decision letters were an overflow in my mailbox and hundreds of scholarship offers,” said Barnes. He hopes to reach $10 million in offered scholarships by the end of the month.

Barnes, who has a cumulative grade point average of 4.98 and is a member of the National Honor Society, has taken classes and earned extra credits at the Southern University of New Orleans over the past two years. He is also fluent in Spanish and has earned the Jose Luis Baños Award for Excellence in the Spanish Language by the Honorary Consul of Spain in New Orleans.

Barnes, who plans to get a dual degree in computer science and criminal justice after his graduation ceremony on May 24, wants to encourage others, especially those from the black community, to take advantage of their abilities to achieve their goals. “The road to a successful future is to plan ahead, network with the collegiate partners, and know that if you can see your vision, you can achieve your goal,” he said.

Normadie Cormier, the previous Guinness Book of World Records holder, who received $8.7 million in scholarships from more than 130 colleges in 2019, hopes that Barnes’s achievement will inspire other students to exceed expectations, reach beyond the stars, and explore all opportunities for a debt-free education.