Taylor Swift paid a college student’s tuition
When Vitoria Mario – an aspiring mathematician from Portugal – goes to university in September, he’ll have Taylor Swift to thank.
The popstar donated more than US$30,000 to Mario’s GoFundMe campaign.
“Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” said Swift, in the notes section of the campaign.
“I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
Mario had set the coal amount at around US$50,000, and said the money would go towards accommodation, equipment and living costs. She wished to attend the University of Warwick, ranked Top 10 in the UK.
Mario said that her family could not afford to cover the costs of the university, and because she is from Portugal was ineligible for a student loan or a grant.
“Sadly, my father has passed away, and my mother remains in Portugal,” Mario wrote when she launched her GoFundMe campaign on Aug.1.
“In spite of this, I have always been a studious person, and after coming to the U.K. in 2016, unable to utter a word in English, I achieved 100% A*-As in all my GCSEs in 2018, getting a grade 9 and 8 in Maths and English respectively.”
Naturally, Mario is extremely pleased and thankful of Swift’s donation. She told the BBC, “I call it a blessing, personally, because of her to donate more than 50 per cent of what I needed, it just blew my mind.”
“I never expected it to happen.”
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