• Ed Gaines

Senior Wins Full Ride Scholarship, Gives Away His College Savings

A Missouri teen got good grades and saved money for college, but now he’s giving that money away.



18-year-old Joshua Nelson was one of five out of 288 applicants to win a President’s Scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University. Since that’s a full ride, valued at $43,000, he can afford to pay forward the $1,000 he had saved up for college.



He donated it to a scholarship fund so that another student in need can get a hand up, and he’s hoping local businesses will match his gift.



He said, ”Honestly, it makes me feel on top of the world. The fact that I can just help somebody a little bit makes me feel great and I really want to see other people succeed.”






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