17-year-old Black Glendora High School senior Monique Vobecky has a 4.7 Grade point average, is an award-winning athlete and philanthropist.
Monique said she started the foundation because she believes “that every child deserves a little sunshine!”
Being accepted by just one major university is a life-changing event for many high school students. Monique Vobecky is in a quite unique position.
Monique, a senior at Glendora High School, recently received her 18th acceptance letter, this one from another Ivy League University, Stanford.
“This completed 18 high profile universities that accepted her as a freshman for the 2021 school year,” “Unbelievable!” said her mother, Bianca Vobecky.
Monique is an excellent student with a 4.7 grade-point average, as well as an athlete and philanthropist.
“This is unreal!” said Monique, who is 17. “I cannot believe all the letters said, ‘accepted.’” My mother as a Haitian immigrant didn’t have the same opportunities at my age so this makes it so much more special.
Monique plans to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.
“I want the world to see that Black Girls are capable of amazing things. We must be recognized and accepted for who we are and the talents, skills and passion we bring to the world…no matter how different we are… doctor, scientist, artist, musicians, or even a young poet like Amanda Gorman!”
How did Monique become such a sought-after student? “She earned it,” said her parents Pete and Bianca Vobecky.
Monique fell in love with sports and started playing soccer at an early age. She has been a captain on the Glendora High soccer team where she excelled as the 2017-18 “Defensive player of the year,” and she was selected MVP of the Soccer team for the 2019-2020 school year. And if that isn’t enough Monique plays the violin in the High School Orchestra.
In 2018, Monique, then 14, created the “Little Sunshine Foundation” a 501c3 corporation. Her start-up was selected by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce as the ‘Nonprofit of the Year’ in 2019.
The Little Sunshine Foundation’s mission is to provide underserved youths with the necessary resources to improve their quality of life through tutoring, increased access to sporting gear, civic engagement, and leadership.
Her parents said Monique gets to decide which university she will attend since she is the one who put in all the work. Although Obama did go to Harvard, one noted.
“We don’t know all the reasons why all the universities accepted her. What we know is that my daughter, a Black teenager from Glendora, California, put in the work to excel academically and take time to shine light in the lives of so many others,” said her mother, Bianca.
Her father, Pete, said, “Maybe it is time for Monique to be given an opportunity to have the light shine brightly on her for a while.”
Monique said she wants to major in medicine and become a doctor “to heal people and help them lead longer happier lives.”
Pressed to name the lucky university she’s chosen, Monique said she does not know yet. She said she will let family and friends and the universities know when she decides.
The universities accepting Monique include:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- UC Berkeley
- Yale University
- Princeton University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Southern California
- Northwestern University
- Brown University
- UC San Diego
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Irvine
- Cal Poly SLO
- Cal State Long Beach
- Columbia University