17-Year-Old NeeAli Scott Earns Associate’s Degree Even Before Receiving Her High School Diploma

by Gee NY
NeeAli Scott

In a remarkable feat of academic achievement, 17-year-old NeeAli Scott from Georgia has earned an associate’s degree from Savannah State University nearly a month before receiving her high school diploma from Savannah Arts Academy.

Scott’s achievement is particularly noteworthy given her ability to balance accelerated college coursework with her high school studies, extracurricular activities, and a part-time job at Savannah’s Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.

Reflecting on her journey, Scott told WALB News 10:

“Definitely, some classes gave me a little more of a challenge than others.”

On May 20, Scott proudly walked across the stage at her high school graduation, having completed both her high school and associate’s degree requirements with honors, as confirmed by her personal Instagram account.

Scott utilized Georgia’s Dual Enrollment program to complete the first half of her associate degree credits for free.

This program, as noted by the Georgia Department of Education, funds the first 30 semester hours of college credits for students, offering an invaluable opportunity for ambitious students like Scott.

“I really just wanted to get as much education, a college education, as I can now for free,” she explained.

Scott’s accomplishments extend beyond academics. She was named “Youth of the Year” by the Boys and Girls Club, where she worked after school before heading to dance rehearsals at Kelly & Company Studios, where she dances competitively.

The Boys and Girls Club celebrated her achievements in an Instagram post on April 17, highlighting her acceptance into several prestigious universities including Clark Atlanta, Florida A&M, Georgia State, Mercer, Howard, NCAT, Penn State, Rutgers, and UMass.

While Scott has yet to decide on a college, she expressed a preference for attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Her long-term goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, with plans to work in an inner-city hospital and give back to the youth in Savannah or wherever her journey may take her.

Scott’s story is a testament to the power of hard work, determination, and the pursuit of education.

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