BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The future is looking bright and green for Woodlawn High School students Jarrell Jordan and Trey Hawkins.
Combined, the teens racked up more than $2 million dollars in scholarship money to help pay for college.
"It takes a big burden off my grandmother because she was going to keep on working and both of my grandmothers were going to keep on working to try to help me through school but now she can retire," said Jarrell.
"It really helps because I have four sisters and one brother so I wanted to be as less of a financial burden on my parents as possible," said Trey.
Jarrell was awarded $700,000 in scholarship money and Trey came in with $1.5 million dollars.
That's half a million dollars more than his brother last year.
The teens have been submitting scholarship applications for months.
But Trey has been preparing far in advance.
"I can remember back in third grade, I actually put in one of my essays that I strive to be Valedictorian when I got to high school because I knew the benefits that came from it," said Trey.
And just in case you're wondering, Trey can now scratch Valedictorian off his list of accomplishments.
That hard work has paid off.
Now, Trey and Jarrell are trying to help others secure a financial future.
"What me and Trey are trying to do is go around to the schools and try to have it where next year more students can have these scholarships. So, it's two this year but maybe next year it will be ten," said Jarrell.
Jarrell plans to attend Morehouse College and get a political science degree with a minor in business.
Trey plans on getting his doctorate at UAB.
He said he chose UAB so he could give back to his community.