Huffman High School senior and football player earns $3M in scholarships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A major kudos to Michael Wicks, a senior at Huffman High School, who was awarded $3 million in scholarships.
Michael was soft spoken, but definitely a powerhouse with a commendable work ethic and bright future ahead.
“It’s around 30-40. I want to say 34,” Wicks said.
That’s how many acceptance letters Michael had received along with the $3 million in scholarship offers.
He put in the work inside and outside of the classroom.
“I just kept working because I knew the value of the type of student I am. When I come into a college or university, I know how much value I hold,” Wicks said.
Wicks is participating in College Choice Foundation, a Homewood non-profit designed to help high-achieving students with limited resources and opportunities find the best school at an affordable price.
Wicks also took advantage of Free College Application Week when application fees were waived.
“College Choice Foundation and they introduced me to a better atmosphere of what schools there were outside of Alabama and what was close to me,” he explained.
Michael committed to move more than 15 hours north to attend school and play college football.
“I chose St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota,” Wicks said.
It would be a major difference from the humid, southern heat he’s used to.
“I’ve been there twice so I’ve adjusted to the cold,” he said optimistically.
His choice surprising even him, but Wicks said he was doing what was best for his future.
His education at St. Olaf College will be fully covered.
“Offered from them $229,680. They were number one in all of my scholarships,” Wicks explained.
Although moving away, he’s proud of who he is and where he comes from.
“For my school altogether to pull in $15 million in scholarships, just being a part of that really makes me happy about being with my class. The class of ‘23. I really enjoyed it,” he exclaimed.
Michael said he plans to major in computer science.
Congratulations to Michael and all of the other scholars at Huffman High School in Birmingham!
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