Homeless Teen Earns Full Scholarship to Georgetown University

Rashema Melson

Fox 5 DC

18-year-old Rashema Melson earns full ride to Georgetown University despite being homeless. 

For weeks, we have been reporting on the troubling issues plaguing D.C.'s largest homeless shelter at the old D.C. General Hospital. It is where more than 300 adults and 500 children live. But one of those residents, an 18-year-old named Rashema Melson, offers a ray of hope amid the sadness and squalor.

The Anacostia High School senior has a 4.0 GPA and just earned a scholarship to Georgetown University. "I feel accomplished,” she tells us. “I feel I did something worthy. I feel like I did it. But I'm not done yet."

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What makes Rashema's story all the more remarkable is when you consider where she comes from. For the past two years, Rashema, her mother and two siblings have been living at the D.C. homeless shelter. 

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