17-year-old Verda Tetteh worked hard in her studies and earned a $40,000 scholarship for her efforts.
While it’s every teenagers dream to reach such a high level of achievement, during her commencement speech, Verda decided to turn down her scholarship… without hesitation.
Stunning the crowd with her generous heart, just wait until you hear the reason why Verda refused such a prestigious scholarship.
Because of her hard work, Verda’s high school awarded her a scholarship of “general excellence,” giving her $10,000 each year towards her college expenses.
With Verda heading off to Harvard, one would think she would gladly accept the funds.
But as a Christian, Verda is always thinking about other students more than herself.
It’s not that she wasn’t thankful to receive the honor, she was, but she wanted to help others who were struggling, so she decided to pass along the money to them.
WBZ CBS Boston reported:
“It is such a great honor, but I also know that I am not the most in need of it,” Verda said at the graduation.
Verda — who is Harvard bound with a bunch of other scholarships — suggested the money go to a struggling fellow student or students, for whom it might open a door to community college.
“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,” Verda said.”
Wow, talk about an incredible act of generosity by this teenager!
In a world that seeks to always have “more,” Verda realized there were other students who were struggling just to pay their way through a community college – and she wanted to bless their lives.
Even more amazing, she doesn’t do it wanting to draw attention to herself – she credits God for giving her the strength.
It can be easy to worry where the money is going to come from to pay for the insane cost of college tuition…
… but Verda is simply trusting God.
WBZ CBS Boston continued:
“I feel like you know God has gotten me this far and he will take me the rest of the way,” Verda said.”
Talk about living out one’s faith and trusting God with the results.
As Verda heads to college in the fall, let’s pray her faith remains strong throughout all the inevitable challenges that will be thrown her way.
May she be a light to the other students on campus, and not fall prey to the leftist indoctrination she’ll face from attending such a liberal school.
God bless you, Verda Tetteh!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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