‘I’m not here to make money’: Harvard students make an unlikely academic success story
A Harvard-educated student has been awarded the prestigious $15,000 Rhodes Scholarship after she made a bold and controversial move in order to help her family in a time of financial hardship.
Key points:The young woman, from New York, said she felt “like a fraud” and had been told by the university that she would not be allowed to return to the USShe has since returned to New York to apply to other universities, she saidThe decision came after the student received a letter from the university advising her she could not return to New England, where her parents live, because she had been deemed ineligible to do so.
“I’ve never had a scholarship or a fellowship in my life.
I’ve never really been in a position to be a professional in the US,” she said.”
They told me I could not go back to New Hampshire, but I’m not a criminal and I’m a citizen of the US, so I’m trying to get out.”‘
I’m here to be free’: College student’s brave move helped her family copeWith the letter from Harvard advising her to return, the young woman said she had no choice but to make a bold move.
“It’s just a matter of whether I want to go back or not,” she told the ABC.
“My father’s gone to a very, very difficult place in his life and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.”
And so I feel like a fraud and I feel that I’m the only one in this whole country who is going to be able to make this decision.
“The young women decision to leave her home in the Bronx and travel to New Jersey, where she said her parents reside, has led to many positive comments and support from her family.
She said she decided to take a leap of faith because of the way the US justice system treats criminal and civil justice issues.”
This is a country that really does have a justice system that has been rigged in the way that they want it to be and they don’t want us to know about it,” she explained.”
We’re the ones that get screwed up in the system and so it’s like a big, big deal to me.
“The university said it has since taken the student into care and offered support.”
The Rhodes Scholarship is an exceptional recognition of the work and scholarship of our students and their achievements,” it said in a statement.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must demonstrate academic excellence in a broad range of courses, be an active participant in community service, demonstrate an enduring commitment to scholarship and philanthropy, and demonstrate the highest standards of ethical conduct.