Zaviona Woodruff did everything right.
In her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship is guaranteed to every student in who studied in a Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) from kindergarten through 12th grade. Woodruff also kept her grades up, graduating with high honors and a 3.57 GPA from Loy Norrix High School. Unfortunately, her scholarship was revoked due to the fact that she was homeless for a time, according to Fox 17. Zaviona apparently lived outside of the KPS district when she and her family had to move into a shelter for six months, disqualifying her for the scholarship.
After expressing her desire to study Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Oakland U reached out to the bright young woman to offer her a 100% tuition grant. She will still be responsible for her books and about $1,640.
Fortunately, the GoFundMe page she set up after learning she lost her scholarship should more than cover it, as she raised over $17,000 after setting a $12,000 goal. Any left-over funds will go towards her younger sister’s college fund.
Check out her story below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.