High School Senior Get Full Ride, Gives Away College Savings


An 18-year-old high school senior named Joshua Nelson was one of five out of 288 applicants to win a President’s Scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University. Since that’s a full ride, valued at $43,000, he can afford to pay forward the $1,000 he had saved up for college.

He donated it to a scholarship fund so that another student in need can get a hand up, and he’s hoping local businesses will match his gift. Nelson is known as a leader in his school. He plays varsity basketball, tutors younger kids, is a member of the National Honor Society, and the National Society of Black Engineers, and a few other groups. And, “he just has a heart for people," says his school counselor, Yolanda Curry. How does he feel about all of the attention? "Honestly, it makes me feel on top of the world. The fact that I can just help somebody a little bit makes me feel great and I really want to see other people succeed," Nelson says.