Alena McQuarter, who previously made headlines for becoming the youngest Black person to be accepted into medical school, will soon graduate college at age 14.
According to USA Today, McQuarter is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree in biomedical biological sciences and a minor in global health from Arizona State University in December.
The achievement comes after McQuarter graduated from high school at the age of 12. Wicker was given a full scholarship to attend ASU in 2021 through a collaboration between the university, the Phoenix Mercury, and Desert Financial Credit Union.
At 13, McQuarter made history with her acceptance into the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of Medicine.
McQuarter said she strives to motivate others to work hard after receiving discouragement from a school official, When she was in fifth grade, McQuarter said her principal told her that young women of color couldn't pass state exams or get good grades.
“I really wanted to show her that I can get good grades and I can go on and do amazing things. So I’m proving that,” McQuarter told USA Today.
The young girl launched Brown STEMGirl, an organization for women of color who seek careers in STEM.
“I’ve always tried to prove that girls of color can do what they put their minds to,” McQuarter said. “Being able to graduate at the age of 12 from high school and going into college, I just want to inspire other girls to follow their dreams.”