Harvard-Bound Teen Offers To Give $40,000 Scholarship To Someone Else

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Harvard-Bound Teen Offers To Give $40,000 Scholarship To Someone Else

“I am not the one who needs this the most," Vedra Tetteh said.

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Written by BET Staff

A 17-year-old Harvard-bound student has offered to give her $40,000 scholarship to someone  else.  

According to CBS News, Verda Tetteh, who is graduating from Fitchburg High School in Massachusetts,  received a full scholarship to Harvard and won an additional $40,000 scholarship from her school. 

While speaking at the graduation ceremony, Tetteh said, "I am so very grateful for this but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most." 

She also added, “I’m excited to see who it helps and how that changes their life, so I am so happy that God gave me the strength to do that.”  

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The teen received a standing ovation.

Tetteh told CBS News, "It just was the thought that someone sitting here might have a struggle like my mom did when she was going to community college.”

Rosemary, her mother, moved Verda to the U.S. when she was a child from their native of Ghana. She told CBS News, "I was just happy, I stood up and started shouting so loud! I was afraid those in front of me would be like, 'Why is she that loud?' But I was so happy with her decision.”

It’s not yet been announced who will receive the $40,000 scholarship.

Tetteh will study chemistry at Harvard. 

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