A graduating high school senior gave away her $40,000 college scholarship during her graduation and the crowd went wild.
According to NBC Boston, Verda Tetteh knew what an impact a college scholarship can make for someone. Her own mother put herself through community college as a 39-year-old immigrant working two jobs.
Because of her mom’s positive example, Tetteh really values education and was even accepted to Harvard.
At her high school graduation, Tetteh, who was an excellent student in school, was awarded a $40,000 scholarship. The scholarship would provide $10,000 and renew for four years of college, according to the Boston Globe.
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Since Tetteh was planning to attend Harvard, she definitely couldn’ve used the money. However, moments after being awarded the scholarship, she returned to the podium unexpectedly.
No one was quite sure what she was doing back at the podium, but that’s when she announced that she couldn’t accept the scholarship. Instead, she wanted it to go to someone attending community college that was in greater need than herself.
She said, “I am so very grateful for this but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most. And knowing my mom went to community college, and how much that was helpful, I would be so very grateful if administration … would consider giving the general excellence scholarship to someone who’s going to community college.”
She ended her speech by saying, “It is such a great honor, but I also know that I am not the most in need of it.”
After her speech, the crowd went wild and Tetteh received a standing ovation. However, it was her mother that was the proudest of all.
In her interview with NBC Boston, Tetteh explained that her mother inspired her to offer the scholarship to someone else. She said of her mom, “I am in awe of her, so proud of her, and I think that that’s something that’s very difficult to do…she knew she wanted to improve her life and improve the lives of her children.”
Tetteh did receive other scholarships and financial aid to help with her college tuition, and she’s hoping the money she gave up can make a real difference for someone like her mother.
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