Four months ago, Charity Mason’s life was turned upside down. Her mother died of cancer. And she was faced with leaving Carter High School and Dallas, her hometown, only months shy of graduation to go live with relatives.
But staff members at her school swooped in and took the 18-year-old under their wings. Teacher Lara Cardinale let the teen move in with her family. Counselor Melissa Pace was there for her through bad days and to keep her focused on college.
It all paid off — and in a big way.
Charity was among six students at Carter who were surprised at an assembly Thursday with full scholarships to Texas Christian University. The amount of each scholarship is $250,000. That’s $1.5 million for the group.
Charity began crying as soon as a TCU administrator announced that the school would be awarding six scholarships. She sat in the front row with five other students who assumed they were all just contenders for a single scholarship.
No one went home disappointed.
“A lot of us went through a whole lot this year, just personally,” Charity said through tears after being presented with her award. “My mom passed away last year, two days before my birthday. It was really hard for me, and I didn’t know how I was going to make it.
Source : Dallas News