HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR HEADED TO HARVARD DONATES $40k SCHOLARSHIP TO OTHERS


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A high school senior headed to Harvard University has asked that a $40,000 scholarship she earned be given instead to a student attending community college. Verda Tetteh, from Fitchburg High School in Massachusetts, knows how a community college can change someone’s life, as her mother attended one at 39. Tetteh, who plans on majoring in chemistry and following a pre-med track at Harvard, turned down the $40,000 in scholarship money from her high school while accepting the school’s general excellence award on June 4. She said, “It is such a great honor, but I also know that I am not the most in need of it.” The prestigious scholarship is for $10,000 a year and renewable for four years.