Tae’Von Gibbs is one elated high school senior. The Kentucky student has been awarded over $1 million in scholarships.


According to, Tae ‘Von, who currently attends Fern Creek High School, received partial scholarships from several colleges such as Centre College, Murray State, Bellarmine, and more. He has also been awarded full rides from Wofford College, Berea College, and Hanover College, where he was one of the only 10 recipients of the Benjamin Templeton Scholarships which honors students with outstanding academic records and commitment to diversity education and social justice.

“I see all my hard work paying off,” Tae ‘Von said in an interview with “Scholarships are important because I don’t want to go into debt, and they set you back for a long time, and I wasn’t trying to do that. When I started applying, I was like, ‘I probably won’t get that one, I probably won’t get that one.’ I will probably have these list of schools to choose from, but then all of them accepted me.”

The talented scholar and athlete boasts a 3.6 GPA, crediting the Ivy Plus Academy program at his school for helping him plan, apply, and pay for college. The new program promotes access to higher education for students. 

“If I weren’t in Ivy Plus, I wouldn’t have known about these scholarships, and I wouldn’t have known to start applying so early and to make sure I get the right deadlines. To be real, they don’t teach that in other programs and schools,” he said in his interview with

And of course, Tae’Von’s mother, father, and stepfather are all elated for their son.

Shavonda Alexander, Tae’Von’s mother told, “Everybody is telling me, ‘kudos to you mom,’ no not kudos to me, kudos to him. Like he’s doing all of this. I’m just sitting back and just make sure I steer him in the right direction. It was all him. He has made it easy for me to be his mom over these 18 years.”

His father Shawntae Gibbs told the news outlet that, “I’m proud of the daily process of not only just the scholarships but everything he’s doing and becoming his own man as far as a young man.”

Wesley Alexander Sr., Tae ‘Von’s stepdad said, “Watching him grow up and develop to be the young man that he is now. One thing I’ve always told him is always be who you are. I preach that to him all the time. I think that he’s took that and run with that as well.”

Congratulations are in order for the aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter. Tae ‘Von has committed to attending Wofford College.

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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