Verda Tetteh, a Fitchburg High School student, who will be attending Harvard College in the fall on a full scholarship, won an additional $40,000 scholarship from her high school at last week’s graduation ceremony. She could have used the scholarship for expenses, but instead, the 17-year-old gave it away shortly after it was awarded.
Tetteh says her mother, Rosemary, an immigrant from Ghana who earned her community college degree when she was 47 years old, inspired her to give it to someone else. “It just was the thought that someone sitting here might have a struggle like my mom did when she was going to community college,” she said.
Tetteh plans to study chemistry at Harvard. It’s unclear who will receive the scholarship she gave up.