Mother-daughter students’ dream captures national attention

Oct. 30, 2019

Emma Earhart enrolled at UNT this fall after earning her associate degree from North Central Texas College in May — at age 15. Her mother, Kathy Earhart, attended NCTC with her, and she didn’t stop there. Both are biology majors at UNT, both are taking the same classes this semester, and both have plans to go on to medical school. Emma, now 16, is on track to complete her bachelor’s degree at 17 and her doctorate by the time she’s 22.

The Earharts’ shared dream has captured the attention of the nation. Dallas-Fort Worth media first ran their story this summer, and WFAA aired an in-depth profile earlier this month. Then the national media took notice, as well as CBS affiliates from Alaska to California to New York to Florida, and most states in between. The unique story also has appeared in Spanish and Vietnamese media. Here are some of the places you can find the Earharts featured:

MAY

  • 5/14 NCTC: NCTC graduates 15-year-old dual credit student

JUNE

  • 6/11: NBC 5: Super Kids of North Texas
  • 6/14 Gainesville Register: HEROES AMONG US: At 15, college student stands out for drive to succeed
  • 6/20 KTEN: Denton girl graduates with associate degree at age 15

JULY

  • 7/12 NBC 5: Mother and Daughter Duo From Denton to Attend UNT Together
  • 7/12 CBS 11: Mother-Daughter Duo To Take UNT Campus Together This Fall
  • 7/12 FOX 4: North Texas girl, 15, prepares to attend UNT as a junior

SEPTEMBER

  • 9/27 North Texan: UNT a Family Affair for Mom, Daughter

OCTOBER

  • 10/8 WFAA: 16-year-old college junior and her mom take every single college class together
  • 10/8 Yahoo! News: 16-year-old and mom attend college together
  • 10/9 Good Morning America: Mother and daughter in Texas create lifelong bond by attending college together
  • 10/9 ABC News: Mother and daughter in Texas create lifelong bond by attending college together
  • 10/9 BLes Mundo: Una joven de 16 años y su madre van juntas a la universidad: su sueño es convertirse en doctoras
  • 10/14 VnExpress: Nữ sinh 16 tuổi học đại học cùng mẹ
  • 10/15 kenh14.vn: Quay lại trường sau 16 năm, bà mẹ quyết tâm theo đuổi ngành y cùng cô con gái 16 tuổi trên giảng đường đại học
  • 10/15 CBS News: This 16-year-old is already a junior in college. And she inspired her mom to get a degree with her.
  • 10/15 Inside Edition: 16-Year-Old College Student Takes All the Same Classes as Her Mom After Inspiring Her to Go Back to School
  • 10/15 Southern Living: Inspiring Mother-Daughter Duo Attend College Together in Texas
  • 10/18 CBS This Morning: Mom and prodigy daughter attend university together