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Student Dylan Chidick of Jersey City, NJ, who at one time was homeless, was accepted to 17 colleges and received a scholarship. March 14, 2019.
Amy Newman, NorthJersey

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – It was lucky number 18 for a formerly homeless New Jersey teen when his target school joined 17 other colleges in accepting him as a student

Dylan Chidick, 17, found out he was accepted to The College of New Jersey on Tuesday, said Laura Collins, spokeswoman for Women’s Rising, a nonprofit that is housing Dylan and his family.

Over the years, Dylan, along with his mother, Khadine Phillip, and his two younger brothers, have fought through homelessness and illness. With hefty medical bills for Dylan’s twin brothers, who share a heart condition, and Phillip losing her job, the family became homeless and had to live in a shelter.

With the help of Village of Families, a Housing and Urban Development-funded housing program, Dylan and his family were able to acquire housing in Jersey City, where he could plan his college applications and await the acceptance letters. Since August, Dylan had been accepted into 17 schools, including Rowan University, York College of Pennsylvania and Ramapo College.

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At Henry Snyder High School, Dylan is the senior class president, student council president and helps out in any school club he can, he said. As student council president, Dylan had visited The College of New Jersey for the New Jersey Association of Student Councils Convention.

On his visits, Dylan grew fond of The College of New Jersey campus, which he described as “not too big,” and the school’s political science program, he said. He plans to major in political science and minor in history, his favorite subject.

Dylan’s story came the same week as college administrators, coaches and television celebrities were indicted in what is the nation’s largest-ever college admissions scandal.

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