Verda Tetteh, the 17-year-old Ghanaian student who received standing ovation during her graduation ceremony details the reason why she decided to donate a $40,000 scholarship she won as the best student to those who needed it most.
In a recent interview with Steve Harvey, the young lady revealed that, she was close to her colleagues and “got to know firsthand how strong they are but also how much there is a struggle and need in the community, which is mostly low income and very diverse,” hence a need to donate such amount to those going into community schools.
The Ghanaian born said she was motivated by the values and principles she was brought up with. “My assistant principal gave a speech and it reminded me of a lot of principles and values that I was thought by my mum and my siblings and my community in Ghana and here in America that I live by which talks about integrity and doing the right thing and kindness. All these things that are just so right and I’m sitting there and I knew it was the right thing to do. I had a chance to make a difference in somebody else’s life or help somebody and there was no excuse at that point.”
Recall that, Verda went viral in June after receiving rounds of applause form the entire gathering at the Fitchburg High School, made up of teachers, parents and students following her speech, giving up the scholarship. Few minutes after she was declared winner of the scholarship, she returned to the stage to do what she considered “necessary.”
The young lady took the state to say, “I am so very grateful for this, but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most; I would be so very grateful if administration would consider giving the General Excellence scholarship to someone who is going into community college.”
Verda who won the “The General Excellence Prize” with a 4.9 G.P.A has been admitted by Harvard which agreed to cover her tuition, room and other fees. She revealed that, “when I said the words, when they came out, I knew they were the right thing to say…It was the right thing to do.”