After being inspired by her assistant principal’s graduation speech, Harvard-bound student, Verda Tetteh, decided to donate her surprise $40k scholarship to another student in need.
The 17-year-old received the scholarship during the graduation ceremony at her Massachusetts high school. Moments later, she returned it and said it should go to a student who needed it more – eventually asking that it be donated to a community college.
Community college had greatly helped her mother, and she wanted to help someone else in the same way.
Tetteh, who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Ghana, delivered a stunning address on resilience at the beginning of the school’s June 4th graduation ceremony. She had no clue at the time of the speech but was about to receive the school’s General Excellence Award.
“I mean I applied for it a month ago but also a ton of other amazing students applied so I didn’t know I was going to get it,” Tetteh told USA Today.
After she received the award, she listened to the assistant principal talk about being “selfless” and “bold.” That’s when she made the decision to donate the scholarship.
“I am so very grateful for this, but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most,” Tetteh said. She had been awarded other scholarships and financial aid that she plans on using to fund her education.
“When I initially gave it away, I felt relieved actually. I was very happy God had given me the strength to do the right thing and reflecting back on that now, I still stand by my decision,” Tetteh said. “I don’t think there’s been a moment where I regretted my decision.”
The scholarship will be split into multiple gifts that will be awarded over the next four years. Starting this year, two students from the graduating class who will be going to community college will be awarded $5,000 each.
“You can make a change in every community because you know that the world is always improving, so keep an eye open for what you can do and then be bold and be courageous, and work hard towards that change,” Tetteh said.
Good News Of Your Own?
Share Your Story Here
Report a typo or email a good news story: