16-year-old Fontana student receives full-ride scholarship to MIT

Amitoj Lobana was a high school freshman at 12 years old. Now at 16, he just got a full ride to MIT. (FOX 11)

A 16-year-old senior at a Fontana high school is getting ready to head off to college in the fall, after receiving a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams.  

Amitoj Lobana skipped two grades before starting at Henry J. Kaiser High School. The senior boasts a 4.95 GPA, and this week received full scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I am so excited to attend MIT. It is my dream college," Lobana said. "My goal is to work towards the betterment of the world around me. What I love most about MIT is the school environment. MIT is completely focused on learning and every student is important. I want to make the most out of my opportunities. I believe that everything is a gift."

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Lobana's academic record has been impressive since elementary school. He skipped third grade, then eighth grade. As a 12-year-old high school freshman, he won the gold medal at a regional science fair. In addition to his full ride to MIT, Lobana is a finalist fo an Edison scholarship and a semi-finalist for a Bill Gates scholarship.

His teachers couldn't be happier for him. "I am ecstatic that Amitoj has been accepted to MIT," said FUSD Director of Secondary Instruction Terry Abernathy. "He is thoughtful, intelligent and a role model for all students who want to make positive change in the world."

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