Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiring Latina Series: Samantha Garvey

Have you heard of Samantha Garvey? The New York teen recently made the headlines because she is receiving a $50,000 scholarship from AT&T to the college of her choice. And JCPenny gave her a $5,000 gift card. Oh, and Whole Foods gave her a $1,000 gift card, too.

She's also one of the semifinalists for the Intel Science Talent Search, a prestigious competition whose grand prize winner will receive a $100,000 4-year scholarship. And she's been invited to  attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address next Tuesday.

Did I mention that she's homeless?

Or, actually, she was - until her story was picked up by the media and the county found her family a rent-subsidized home in which to live.

Samantha's mother is from El Salvador and her father is from North Carolina. She wants to be a marine biologist and is a bright student, maintaining a 3.9 gpa in the hopes that her education will bring about a better life for both her family and herself.

You have to read her fascinating story. This article is good, too.

Better yet: Watch her incredible story on Newsday...

Now say, "YES!" to education.


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