Harvard-Bound Massachusetts High School Student Asks School to Give $40,000 Scholarship to Another Student

Fitchburg High graduate Verda Tetteh

A Harvard-bound Fitchburg High School student turned down a $40,000 scholarship during her graduation ceremony, imploring the high school to instead give the money to someone who needs help paying for community college.

Verda Tetteh, who had accepted Fitchburg High’s General Excellence award during the event June 4, walked up to the lectern to announce her change of heart after hearing the school’s assistant principal speak about being selfless and doing the right thing.

“I am so very grateful for this, but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most,” Tetteh, who had previously addressed her fellow graduates as class speaker, said onstage.

“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 … scholarship to someone who is going to community college.”

As she walked off, the class gave Tetteh a standing ovation. She said in an interview that she felt an immediate sense of relief when she reached her seat.

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SOURCE: Boston Globe, Christine Mui

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