Taylor Swift is known for her charitable nature, especially to her fans.
Early this month a woman named Vitoria Mario set up a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise funds to attend college.
“My name is Vitoria Mario, and I am a young Black 18 year old with a dream….. However, I am still in a position of uncertainty as I may not be able to attend university due to my circumstances. I have lived in the U.K. for 4 years now, after migrating from Portugal to live with family in Tottenham.”
“The socio-economic barriers of not being eligible for maintenance loans/grants is due not only to not having ‘Home’ status, but also because my family are low income, and unable to help me self-fund through university.”
“Sadly, my father has passed away, and my mother remains in Portugal. Moving away from her was a challenge but it was a sacrifice worth being made, in my family’s eyes. “If you can get a university education in the UK, you will be set apart for life”.
“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.”
My heart breaks reading this, an obviously incredibly intelligent woman who WANTS to succeed but can’t because of socio-economic issues completely out of her hands.
Obviously her story resonated with Swift who must have come across her page.
Taylor donated £23,373 which converts to over $30,000USD to her tuition fees!
She also commented “Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality… I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
And now Vitoria has reached her goal of £40, 000 and can go on to study as a mathematician.
“My dream of becoming a Mathematician is not only a chance at social mobility for my family and I, but to inspire people who have been in similar positions to aspire to be the best version of themselves and strive for their dreams despite gender/racial inequality, immigration issues and financial barriers,” Vitoria wrote.
What a feel good story to start your day.