Black excellence is coming through everywhere as 11-year-old Elijah Precciely prepares to attend college next spring on a full scholarship.
From Matthew McKenzie who bagged two degrees at age 14 to Richard Jenkins, homeless kid who got full ride scholarship to Harvard, it has been one story of academic success after another for black teenagers.
Elijah Precciely, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident was recently awarded a full-ride scholarship to Southern University where he plans to study physics and mechanical engineering.
A homeschooled child, he has always exhibited high academic capability. A precocious child, he, at age five, gave his first sermon on a radio station, where he would later host his own weekly show. His journey to Southern started when his mother, an alumna of the institution, inquired about the possibility of securing lab space for her son. The physics department acquiesced, asking that she also allow her son take some classes. He was just eight at the time and was registered for business, physics and biology courses.
“I wasn’t looking, ‘Hey, I want to come up here to Southern University.’ I didn’t even know that I was going to get into a college, I was just being myself,” Precciely shared during his official scholarship acceptance speech last Friday.
“We are pleased to offer Elijah Precciely the J.S. Clark Presidential Scholar award,” remarked 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 is the author of “Mission Christian God’s Got First”, has submitted five patents for original inventions, and serves as host to a weekly radio show. He is a humble and grateful individual who is not taking all the positives for granted.
Upon accepting his award, Precciely shared, “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.”
Due to the number of classes he’s already completed for college credit, Precciely will actually begin as a sophomore student and plans to complete a unique five-year physics and engineering curriculum.
He would soon be joined by his best friend, 10-year-old Reginald Ellis II who he met via a home school co-op programme. Ellis will begin at the Southern University Lab School this fall.