While the country is still disgusted by the college admissions scandal, there are some great young people who are fighting for a higher education despite the rising costs. Brianna Watts, a formerly homeless high school senior in the Bronx, is a prime example.
Watts has been accepted to 12 colleges but that doesn’t come with money. Her and her mother have taken out loans, scholarships and are even talking about opening up a lemonade stand. Fortunately, readers at the New York Daily News, opened up their hearts and have donated for Watts to attend school.
The outlet reports an anonymous offer came from the CEO of a local investment firm. Clifford James, who was also homeless when he was a youth, owes funeral homes in Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx has donated. The New York Daily News also says, “Brianna and her mom were living in a shelter when she started high school, but have since transitioned into a supportive housing unit run by the non profit Women in Need (WIN), which offers shelter and support to homeless women and children.”
The agency is also in the process of setting up an account for donations.
Brianna has been accepted to Delaware State University, Virginia State University, the University of Albany, Alfred State College, Monroe College, Goldey-Beacom College, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Plattsburgh, Adelphi University, Hunter College, Lehman College and John Jay College.
However, she was be attending an HBCU, Delaware State University.
That said, her story, homeless or not, is the struggle for many young people across the country. Business Insider reported in July, “From the late 1980s to now, the cost of an undergraduate degree has risen by 213% at public schools and 129% at private schools, adjusting for inflation.” In addition, “A four-year nonprofit private institution, tuition and room and board is $46,950, on average. Four-year public colleges charge an average of $20,770 a year for tuition, fees, and room and board. For out-of-state students, the total goes up to $36,420.”
That is more than what most people put down on a mortgage.