A high school senior in Massachusetts who’s heading to Harvard University earned a $40-thousand scholarship from her high school, but asked that it be given to a student going to community college instead. Verda Tetteh accepted the general excellence award from Fitchburg High School at graduation and used her speech to make the selfless request.
The teen knows first-hand how valuable a community college education can be as her mother attended one after their family moved from Ghana when Verda was eight. She plans to use other small scholarship money and financial aid to pay for Harvard and she wants to give another student a leg up and the opportunity to use the prestigious scholarship.
“I am so very grateful for this but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most,” Verda 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.”