Homeless Teen Graduates High School Top Of His Class, Gets Full Scholarship

A Houston high school student who became homeless following the death of his mom has graduated from high school with honors and received a full college scholarship.

Texan Liyjon DeSilva was eventually abandoned after years living with various relatives following his mother's death at the age of five.

That meant he spent many nights sleeping in parking lots or on park benches around south Houston, but never considered missing school.

“What else am I supposed to do? It was either be that or a low life, I could have thrown everything away,” he explained in an interview with local media, “I have a chance, why not just keep going?”

Amazingly, Liyjon spent almost three years at Margaret Long Wisdom High School before teachers and administrators figured out one of their best students was homeless.

Jonathan N. Trinh, the principal at Liyjon’s school, was stunned to find out a high-achieving student was homeless, so he and the school staff made the call to give the young man a helping hand.

Principal Trinh paid for DeSilva to stay in a hotel while counselor Jessica Smith worked to find a family who would let DeSilva stay at their home without paying rent.

Smith found a placement for the homeless boy, which meant he could focus on his studies. Best of all, he graduated in May the top 5% of his class.

But DeSilva is not just graduating high school; he is also going to attend a prestigious private liberal arts college.

That’s because he was awarded a full scholarship to Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) after he was nominated for a Posse scholarship for students with extraordinary leadership potential.

Source: MailOnline
Photos: YouTube, ABC 13 Screenshots, Jessica Smith, Tilt

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