Samantha Garvey, 17, isn’t like any other teenager in school…..she has a passion, a dream…..a drive. Regardless of her circumstances, Garvey knew what she wanted and she wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way.
Several weeks ago, Garvey and her entire family were in and out of homeless shelters. That didn’t put a damper on her dream to become a marine biologist. Garvey was chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. She has even received an invitation to the State of the Union address.
Garvey was interviewed on a national media show (clip shown above) today and received another gift. Because of her dedication and hard work, she was awarded the gift of education. AT&T surprised Garvey with a $50,000 scholarship to the school of her choice. She will now be able to achieve her dream of becoming a marine biologist.
AT&T made this contribution to Garvey as part of their ongoing commitment to education. Also, AT&T’s Aspire program works to help the youth have the tools required to graduate prepared for college and the future. AT&T’s Aspire program is one of the largest corporate commitments to education.
While watching the above clip my eyes filled with tears. Many people would lose hope and not continue on with their education, but Garvey wouldn’t let that bring her down. Besides dealing with the stress of being homeless, she continued to pursue her dream and passion. I wish more teenagers had dreams and passion like this. It is truly amazing.
Please, if you haven’t already, watch the above clip and let me know your thoughts below. What were your dreams and aspirations as a teenager? Were you able to achieve them?