Donors Help Gay High School Valedictorian Afford College - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Donors Help Gay High School Valedictorian Afford College

by

Seth Owen, a high school valedictorian from First Coast High school in Florida, who said he was shunned by his parents because of his sexuality, can now attend college in the fall thanks to a GoFundMe campaign.

Seth Owen

The campaign was started by Jane Martin, one of his teachers. After hearing that Owen was worried he wouldn’t be able to afford Georgetown University’s tuition since he couldn’t rely on his family for financial assistance, she wanted to see if donors could help pay for his first year’s tuition.

Owen, who graduated high school with a 4.16 GPA, was sent to conversion therapy by his parents after they discovered he was gay during his sophomore year, he told NBC News.

This past February, Owens asked his parents if he could stop going to their church, saying it has anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and philosophies. Shortly after, his parents gave him the ultimatum: remain in the church or move out of the house.

He ended up moving out, he told NBC News, “for his own sake”. Later, Owens received a Georgetown tuition package and realized he couldn’t afford to go to the institution on his own.

The campaign had a fundraising goal of $20,000. By noon Thursday, the page had reached more than $117,500 in donations.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Rider University Dean Steps Down From Post After University Blocks Chick-Fil-A From Coming to Campus Dr. Cynthia Newman, dean of the College of Business Administration at Rider University, has stepped down from her post following the university’s decision to prevent a Chick-fil-A from opening a chain on campus. Newman claimed that the school’s choic...
Queer Latinx … Yep We’re Here Growing up, I did not fit in with the traditional chronicle of Latinx machismo I found in my neighborhood  in New York City. The disguise I portrayed through dating girlfriends and neighborhood competitions with the homies on who can lose their virgi...
Thoughts on Jussie Smollett for My Diversity and Media Class When you teach a course called “Diversity in Media”, Jussie Smollett provided one heck of a teachable moment. As a veteran minority journalist, I use my nearly 40 years as a TV, radio and print reporter to approach the class how a Vietnam Vet migh...
Harvard University Names Janet Mock 2019 Harvard Artist of the Year Harvard University has named transgender activist, writer, producer, advocate and director Janet Mock as the 2019 Harvard University Artist of the Year. The award will be presented to Mock at the annual Harvard Cultural Rhythms festival on March 9 in...
Semantic Tags: