Twins who earned 37 college acceptances, $1 million in scholarships want to become nurses

Milwaukee twin sisters have plenty to be proud of as they finish up senior year: They’re graduating at the top of their class — and have been accepted to 37 schools.

Arielle and Arianna Williams, graduating seniors at Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, have received a combined $1 million in scholarships, per WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and are expected to graduate without any student debt.

The Williams sisters plan on going to the nearby Marquette University, where they will study nursing. They’re also the first in their family to attend college.

They were inspired by their father, who has had pneumonia and suffered a stroke, to work in nursing. The coronavirus pandemic has only solidified their decision to enter the field.

“With this pandemic going on, I know that nurses are really needed,” Arianna Williams told Good Morning America. “They’re on the front lines saving lives. I want to be apart of that.” 

Throughout their time in high school, according to Good Morning America, the Williams sisters were often involved in the same extracurricular activities. They were involved in the Black Student Union, the National Honor Society and worked part-time jobs at Walmart, per WISN-TV.

“As students at Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, Arianna and Arielle Williams have set a tremendous example as scholars and citizens for four years,” Dr. Fuller Collegiate Academy principal Judith Parker told WDJT-TV in Milwaukee. “We couldn’t be more proud of their growth, choices and their ability to persevere with joy in the face of obstacles.”

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