As you may recall, Autum Ashante is the remarkable 13-year-old we covered recently after being accepted to the University of Connecticut. The Daily News now reports that the university has rescinded their offer of enrollment leaving the Ashante family devastated. After two weeks of basking in the glow of her achievement, Autum and her father now have to figure out what's next for the young genius.
Autum was on track to relocate to Connecticut and start freshman year of college, the culmination of hard work and encouragement from her father, Ben Ashante,who home-schooled the young lady. Last week in the Daily News he was quoted as having said "What she's doing is groundbreaking but this is not about vanity," he said. "It's about setting the tone for other black and Latino children who will come behind her. They're always being told they are underachievers. We want to show this can be done."
Now Autum's dream has been put on hold, after Ben Ashante received a call from school officials who said they felt Autumn was not academically ready. He said his daughter was "devastated" after she received the news and can find no basis for the decision.
Autum and her dad remain undaunted by this turn of events, and are going to continue planning a move to Connecticut to look into other options.