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US High school senior headed to Harvard donates her $40K scholarship to others

18:41  09 june  2021
18:41  09 june  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

Graduation ceremony inspires Harvard-bound student to give her surprise $40k scholarship away

  Graduation ceremony inspires Harvard-bound student to give her surprise $40k scholarship away Massachusetts high school senior Verda Tetteh says Fitchburg High School now plans to give the scholarship to students who need the money more.Tetteh, who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Ghana, delivered a powerful address on resilience at the beginning of the Massachusetts school's June 4 graduation ceremony. When she spoke, she didn't yet know she had been chosen as one of two students who would be awarded the school's General Excellence Award.

A high school senior headed to Harvard University has asked that a $40,000 scholarship she earned be given instead to a student attending community college.

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Verda Tetteh, from Fitchburg High School in Massachusetts, knows how a community college can change someone's life, as her mother attended one at 39, according to NBC Boston.

Tetteh, who plans on majoring in chemistry and following a pre-med track at Harvard, turned down the $40,000 in scholarship money from her high school while accepting the school's general excellence award on June 4.

"I am so very grateful for this but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most," she said in her speech. "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.

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"It is such a great honor, but I also know that I am not the most in need of it," she added.

The prestigious scholarship is for $10,000 a year and renewable for four years, according to The Boston Globe.

Her mother sat in the audience as her fellow students gave her a standing ovation.

"I am in awe of her, so proud of her, and I think that that's something that's very difficult to do," Tetteh told NBC Boston about her mother's return to school later in life. "But she knew she wanted to improve her life and improve the lives of her children."

Tetteh, who moved from Ghana with her family when she was 8, plans on using other small scholarship money and financial aid to pay for Harvard. She wants to help give another student a leg up in life in their own college journey.

"Someone else needs it more than me, and there just was no excuse why I wouldn't give it up when that was the right thing to do," she told NBC Boston.

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