Lashawn Samuel, a talented young man, has been granted full scholarships and admission to 12 highly-regarded colleges and universities, including the Ohio State University in the United States.
Despite facing hardships during his education due to poverty, Lashawn persevered. He lived in a violent neighborhood where his home was repeatedly burglarized, and he tragically witnessed the shooting death of a close friend, according to ABC6. Additionally, he encountered various health issues, and had to travel three miles (five kilometers) every day from his home to the Franklinton branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library for homework help.
Expressing his excitement about being accepted into 12 universities, Lashawn Samuel stated that he was thrilled to be attending college. “Even if nobody else accepted me, I had this in my pocket. I knew that I had done what I had to do to get into college and my hard work was paying off,” Samuel said.
Samuel, who has now enrolled at Ohio State University, attributes his success to God, his family, friends, and his supportive environment. “I never would have achieved it without God, my family, my friends, and this environment I have around me,” he said.
He added, “There will always be challenges or obstacles that you will need to overcome or grow out of. But as long as you stay true to yourself, have faith, and persevere, you can overcome them.”