A high school senior in Massachusetts who’s heading to Harvard University earned a $40,000 scholarship from her high school, but turned it down.
Verda Tetteh accepted the general excellence award from Fitchburg High School at graduation and used her speech to make a selfless request. She asked for the money to be given to a student going to community college instead.
Verda 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 8 years old. 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.”