Sumter natives' daughter accepted to 39 colleges, awarded $1.6M in scholarships

BY KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com
Posted 3/10/19

Some teens wait for that one college acceptance letter, the golden ticket, all or nothing.

Jordan Nixon's letter from Grambling State University, a historically black public university in Grambling, Louisiana, came early. August early. Then came …

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Sumter natives' daughter accepted to 39 colleges, awarded $1.6M in scholarships

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Some teens wait for that one college acceptance letter, the golden ticket, all or nothing.

Jordan Nixon's letter from Grambling State University, a historically black public university in Grambling, Louisiana, came early. August early. Then came 38 more.

Nixon, a senior at Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia, and her parents, who are both from Sumter, including her U.S. Air Force veteran father who was stationed at Shaw Air Force base, are still expecting more acceptances to come in. She has, so far, also been awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to four-year colleges.

"When they first started coming in, she was shocked by the letters and the amount of scholarships offered to her," her mother, Angelia Nellis-Nixon, said. "It became so funny because it was like every other day there was mail for her. And, before, she would never go to the mailbox."

Nellis-Nixon, a 1988 Sumter High School graduate and insurance broker, said she wanted her daughter to have options and not be cornered into settling for a college. She said her daughter has narrowed it down to a top three but has not revealed the list to her family except that she will likely end up in a "warm climate."

The young go-getter wants to study for a double major in international business and entrepreneurship with a goal to start up businesses for corporate companies who want to delve into small business development.

"She's always had a love of travel. She spent last summer in Greece and Italy," her mother said. "It is a good fit for her."

Nixon has always found ways to generate her own sources of income, Nellis-Nixon said. She runs a consignment website and in-home yard sale and sells clothing and shoes to friends.

Nellis-Nixon, who has degrees in accounting and finance, said she has also always been running small businesses on the side of her main career and has showed her daughter along the way how to save money.

The married couple moved to Georgia about 22 years ago and started a family. Their son is 21. Arthur Nixon Jr. graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1985 and served as a security police officer at Shaw. When he retired from the military after 19 years, he got a job as an officer for the Atlanta Police Department.

While their nuclear family's roots are in Georgia, they still have "a lot of family" in Sumter, and Nellis-Nixon acknowledged the "village aspect" of raising such a successful young woman.

She used the Black Common College Application, a sharing database that allows students to apply to any number of 51 HBCUs across the country, to apply for 45. In total, the high schooler has applied to more than 50 colleges.

That common application, however, does not exempt students from essay prompts.

"We do have a large group of supporters that motivates her. It is a tedious process and a long process. Whenever she gets writer's block, she talks to us or her brother or others on ideas on how to approach a certain essay prompt," Nellis-Nixon said.

She said the essay component of a college application is becoming more and more prioritized over college entrance exam scores.

Nixon was mentored by Cynthia DeBerry Flowers of CollegeForSure LLC, a private college advisory service that helps pinpoint colleges for the specific student and helps edit essays and applications.

The company posted a congratulatory message on Instagram, exclaiming, "We simply can't wait any longer to give a VERY special shout out to CFS student, Jordan, who has been admitted to a whopping thirty-nine, yes 39 institutions and counting!! She has also been awarded over 1.6 Million in 4-year institutional aid!!! Jordan is a natural leader and go-getter and we couldn't be happier to have had the opportunity to assist her and her family on her collegiate journey."

Jordan Nixon has been accepted to the following colleges so far:

1. Alabama State University

2. Berry College

3. Central State University

4. Clark University - Massachusetts

5. Coppin State University

6. Edward Waters College

7. Emmanuel College - Massachusetts

8. Florida International University

9. Florida Southern College

10. Georgetown College - Kentucky

11. Georgia State University

12. Grambling State University

13. Hampton University

14. Harris-Stowe State University

15. High Point University

16. Howard University

17. Johnson & Wales University - Rhode Island

18. LeMoyne-Owen College

19. Lincoln University - Missouri

20. Livingstone College

21. Loyola University New Orleans

22. Mississippi Valley State University

23. Nova Southeastern University

24. Oglethorpe University

25. Queens University of Charlotte

26. Rollins College

27. Simmons University

28. St. Edwards University - Texas

29. Stetson University

30. Tuskegee University

31. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

32. University of Maryland Eastern Shore

33. University of Tampa

34. University of Virgin Islands

35. Valparaiso University

36. Virginia Union University

37. West Virginia State University

38. Wofford College

39. Xavier University - Ohio