D.C. resident Curtis Lawrence III is only 16 but ready to enroll in college, armed with $1.6 million in scholarships.

Curtis, who was accepted to 14 colleges, will attend Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a historically Black institution, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported. He plans to double major in biology and computer science.

“First I started thinking about what schools had good biology programs. Then I started looking specifically at HBCUs because I wanted the HBCU experience and to be surrounded by the people who are just like me and who are not only Black but academically talented,” Curtis, whose parents are both educators, told WTTG.

Among the 14 schools to which Curtis was accepted are George Washington University, Hampton, Harvard, Howard, North Carolina A&T and Yale.

“This has been a really long process that kind of started in seventh grade as we were thinking about college prep,” his mother, Malene Lawerence, told WTTG. “His goal is to get a Ph.D.”

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