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 Unfortunately, her scholarship was revoked due to the fact that she was homeless for a time, according to Fox 17.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.