CAMBRIDGE, MA – One student went to extremes to be accepted into prestigious Harvard University!
Every year, millions of young adults dream of attending Harvard University. Every year, only a select group of those millions get to live out their dream at the prestigious university. One individual was going to stop at nothing from being one of the accepted – even if he had to do it illegally.
Adam Wheeler, a resident of Delaware, crafted an elaborate and brilliant academic background that got him into the elite Ivy league school. The lies caught up with him on Tuesday and he finds himself being held on a $5,000 bail.
On top of his admission, Wheeler was also able to acquire over $45,000 in financial aid and scholarships. His actions seem to be a growing trend in which students embellish their past to gain admission into universities. The pressure for students is at an all time high to not only achieve acceptance because of increasing standards, but also attain financial assistance due to skyrocketing academic tuition.
Wheeler is being accused of using fraudulent transcripts and forging recommendation letters. He pleaded not guilty in a Massachusetts district court Tuesday to 20 counts of larceny, identity fraud, falsifying an endorsement, and pretending to hold a degree.
Wheeler claimed to have obtained a perfect score on his SAT, the highest grades in the Phillips Andover Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when he submitted his application to Harvard in 2007. The reality is that Wheeler never attended any of those academic institutions.
“The College Board has rigorous security measures in place to guarantee the authenticity of the Official SAT Score Reports it sends to colleges, but we do not guarantee the authenticity of SAT score reports provided to colleges by third parties,” Kathleen Fineout Steinberg wrote in an e-mail, communications director of The College Board.
If Wheeler is found guilty on all 20 counts, he could potentially face up to 50 years in prison.