Formerly Homeless Student Gets Accepted to 17 Colleges Without Bribing Anyone

March 16, 2019

Back in 2017, high-school student Dylan Chidick and his family were homeless in New Jersey, where he struggled to get his schoolwork done while staying in a shelter. His twin brothers had heart conditions, and his mother had lost her job. Eventually, the Chidicks found permanent housing, and he recently learned that he'd been accepted to a whopping 17 colleges. Amazingly, he didn't do this by bribing his way onto a list of recruited athletes or greasing a fixer to inflate his SATs--he just got his grades and scores up through determination and hard work. “I think it is unfair that people could just buy their way in,” he says of the "Operation Varsity Blues" bribery scandal that's ensnared celebs like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. “But I know that it has been happening for a long time, and there is always going to be someone with more privilege and more connections, to have it easier than others.” Dylan is still waiting to hear back from his first choice, Jersey College, and plans to become a lawyer. “Even before me and my family were homeless, I always knew I wanted to go to college,” he tells The New York Times. "I vowed to never let my family get into that situation again."