Despite living in poverty, struggling with hunger, being hospitalized at times due to health issues, and losing a friend to gang violence, years of hard work have finally paid off for Columbus, Ohio teen Lashawn Samuel.
Against all odds, the young man walked 3 miles every day from his home to a local library to study and get assistance with his homework.
From since the eighth grade, Samuel began his daily walk from his home to the Columbus Metropolitan Library, where he would sign in to the Homework Help Center at 3:00 p.m., do his work until the center closed, and then walk back home.
Sometimes he walked home in the dark to his Section 8 housing.
All his hard work and dedicational has now paid off as he has now been accepted to 12 colleges with several offering a full scholarship — including his dream college, Ohio State University, where he is planning on attending the Fisher College of Business.
Samuel will be the first person in his family to go to college.