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LeRoy senior surprised with full-scholarship to Yale University

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LeRoy, N.Y. (13WHAM) - Alex Wynn knew she would be going to a college after graduating high school next summer. Like many others, the tuition costs are a factor in her decision. But since last Friday, she no longer has to worry about any of that.

Alex is now going to be attending Yale University next year on a full scholarship.

"I didn't want to be pessimistic, but I didn't want to be super optimistic in case I didn't," said Alex, who says she waited all day Friday for the email, but couldn't open it alone when it finally arrived.

"It was very exciting," said Alex. "I didn't believe it at first, I had to reread it a couple times and take it in."

But that happened after Alex went and got her mother, who thought Alex had received bad news.

"We both started jumping up and down, screaming and laughing, and then it turned into crying," said Ella Wynn, Alex's mother.

Alex found the opportunity thanks to a non-profit called QuestBridge, which connects qualifying, low-income students with colleges.

So not only is Alex going to be attending one of the most prestigious colleges in the U.S. and possibly the world, but she'll also be attending for free.

"I was definitely grateful we don't have to worry about paying anymore, because it was something I was very stressed about," said Alex.

Ella agreed, saying she was worried the family's financial situation might not allow Alex to go to school she wanted attend.

"As a parent, my biggest fear was my financial situation would hold her back," said Ella. "And that's the worst feeling, when you see a kid as smart as Alex and as ambitious as she is."

Those close to Alex say she didn't earn the scholarship simply checking a few boxed on an application. Her mother and LeRoy High School's faculty members tell 13WHAM Alex is not only a 'straight A' student, but also a volunteer around the community, and heavily involved in a slew of extra-curricular activities at school.

"She is an overachiever, she goes above and beyond, she's incredibly intelligent, very hard-working, and so deserving of this opportunity," said Alex's chemistry teacher, Janice Mantell.

Chemistry is Alex's favorite subject, which could explain why she plans on being a chemical engineering major at Yale.

Alex did say she is still processing her new opportunity, but did add that she is more excited to graduate next summer.

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