18-yr-old entrepreneur awarded $3.5M in scholarships, headed to Berkeley to study mechanical engineering

Jaden Hunter is an entrepreneur and the founder of The Legit Way, a clothing line he started to show the youth that it’s okay to do things correctly and legitimately. He is also inspiring the youth to stay out of the streets and acquire skills.

Hunter’s excellence is not only in entrepreneurship. He is one of the most outstanding students in high school. He topped his class from Crenshaw Arts Tech Charter High with a 4.7-grade point average and was named co-valedictorian, according to abc 7.

“I felt good because my hard work paid off. All the long sleepless nights I took in, stuff like that, it finally paid off,” Hunter, who grew up in South Los Angeles, said.

His academic excellence also made him a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s scholarship. What is more, he has also been accepted into 39 universities and received $3.5 million in scholarships. 

“I got all these letters. Free ride here, full ride here, full ride here and all that type of stuff. I got accepted into my childhood dream school, USC. I didn’t go, it’s too close to home, but I still got accepted there. I accomplished that,” he said.

However, he has decided to take his passion and academic excellence to the Berkeley University of California. His decision to attend Berkeley aligns with his interest in mathematics with the Berkeley Mechanical Engineering program. 

Upon graduation, Hunter hopes to work for NASA or SpaceX. “Math has been my favorite subject my entire education career basically. So that’s why I’ll be studying mechanical engineering at Berkeley,” Hunter explained.

Even before graduating from the university, Hunter wants to give back to his community.

“In my community, just all low-income communities, we don’t know what it is to build credit, how to buy a home, how to obtain a loan from the bank, anything in that sort. So I just want to teach the community that and empower my community, elevate them, help us get further than where we were,” he said.