Oyogist.com has learned that a Massachusetts high school student, Verda Tetteh made an unexpected announcement during her graduation ceremony last week when she asked that a $40,000 scholarship awarded to her be given to a student attending community college instead.
Verda Tetteh has surprised everyone as she took the stage to announce the news
“I’m very grateful for this but I also know that I’m not the one that needs this the most.And knowing my mum went to community college and how that was helpful.
I would be so very grateful if administration will consider giving the scholarship to someone going to a Community College.I know it is such a great honor but I’m not one in most need of it”, she said.
The crowd, made up of her fellow classmates, their families, teachers and school administrators, applauded and cheered Tetteh after she made her announcement.
When she started speaking on the microphone, I was overwhelmed. I think a lot of people in the stadium were, honestly,” Principal Jeremy Roche said. “I was so moved by her generosity.”
Further information has it that Tetteh, 17, told plans to study biochemistry at Harvard College in the fall.
Tetteh who immigrated from Ghana to the United States as a child said she felt confident that she would be able to pay for the cost of tuition through other scholarships from the high school and Harvard’s policy to cover 100% of demonstrated financial need for students.