Samantha Pardo Wilches is a 10-year-old Colombian girl who, thanks to her intellectual abilities and great academic performance, managed to attract the attention of Northwestern University in Illinois.
Originally from Cartagena. Samantha, she's in her second year of high school. As explained by her mother, Katerin, in February Northwestern University became interested in her daughter's performance and intellectual abilities.
Comfenalco (a Colombian civil organization that performs social security functions) has an international exchange program for Colombian students to study in the United States. "They were interested in her because of her great academic performance, which led her to earn the best score in the Saber tests nationwide when she was in fifth grade," explained her mother.
In 2019, Samantha won a children's literature contest, with her book "The goddess of unicorns", thanks to this achievement she was awarded a scholarship to study languages at the Centro Colombo Americano in Cartagena.
"The teachers began to notice that she had a high IQ, and for this reason they began a process for her to be promoted, and that is why they passed her to fifth grade and she graduated from eight years," explained Katerin.
On April 28 of this year, Samantha's family was informed by Northwestern University that she would be receiving a full scholarship for college. Ella samantha ella expressed that she not only would like to keep the scholarship she obtained but to win others at universities such as Harvard. "I must train as a leader, and thus transform society," explained the Colombian child prodigy.