First-Generation High School Graduate Surprised With A $50,000 Scholarship

There’s a lot of stress that goes along with school, especially as the years continue to creep by.

By the time you’re in high school, you begin stressing over the letter that will inevitably show up in your mailbox. It will let you know if you were accepted into the college of your choice or if you receive a scholarship for furthering your education.

In an interview with Good Morning America, a high school senior from Philadelphia talked about the scholarship she received. It was no small number, as she was competing for a $10,000 scholarship and ended up winning it.

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When she was speaking with GMA, she learned that they had partnered with Tallo and were surprising her with an additional $40,000 in scholarship money! They gave the gift live on television.

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Lyric Wise was obviously overcome with joy when she received the $50,000 check.

She will be going to Drexel University in Philadelphia and is hoping to help individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction in the community when she graduates.

Photo: YouTube/Good Morning America

Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the story is the fact that she is the first person in her family that is graduating high school and also the first one to go to college.

Four years ago, her father died from a heart attack, and then the pandemic hit. Her mother struggled to keep the family afloat, and the landlord was not very forgiving when it came to the lease. Wise’s mother decided that the best choice was to separate the children and put them with various family members until she was able to recover financially.

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In the end, Wise really showed her stripes and how she is a woman that is willing to go for it all. She said: “I have picked the prestigious Drexel because it is in Philadelphia, the city that helped create who I want to be.”

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