Homeless student graduates top of her class; gets full ride scho - WSPA.com

Homeless student graduates top of her class; gets full ride scholarship

Posted: Updated:
Rashema Melson graduated Anacostia High School top of her class. Rashema Melson graduated Anacostia High School top of her class.
Washington D.C. - A homeless Washington DC high school student overcame incredible odds to graduate at the top of her class. Now she has a permanent home: on a full ride.

Rashema Melson graduated Anacostia High School after enduring a difficult childhood. Her father was killed when she was 7 months old and she spent her childhood bouncing around from apartment to apartment.

For the last 2 years, she has lived with her mother and two brothers in a single room at the DC General Homeless Shelter.

Melson graduated as her class valedictorian and received a full ride scholarship from Georgetown University.

She admits there were plenty of moments of doubt.

"I started to give up. but then God gave me a sign that He wasn't putting me through this to punish me but to show others how to be resilient and persistent in the goals of life. Throughout my journey here I have learned that time does not wait... Life is not fair."

Zip Code Weather!
Get a local weather report and a 10-day forecast by typing in your zip code!
  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • State Agencies Probe Greenville Crematorium After 7OYS Investigation

    State Agencies Probe Greenville Crematorium After 7OYS Investigation

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:59:15 GMT
    After 7 On Your Side asked questions about a business seeking non-profit donations, state agents began their own probe.After 7 On Your Side asked questions about a business seeking non-profit donations, state agents began their own probe.
    A 7 On Your Side Investigation into an Upstate Crematorium launched a state probe into the business.  Cremation Society of South Carolina sought donations for a non-profit.  7 On Your Side discovered the business was a for profit corporation.
    A 7 On Your Side Investigation into an Upstate Crematorium launched a state probe into the business.  Cremation Society of South Carolina sought donations for a non-profit.  7 On Your Side discovered the business was a for profit corporation.
  • New Lifesaving Tool Now in AnMed Health Helicopter

    New Lifesaving Tool Now in AnMed Health Helicopter

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:45:35 GMT
    AnMed Health's LifeFlight now carries a new cooler with lifesaving blood and plasma on every call.AnMed Health's LifeFlight now carries a new cooler with lifesaving blood and plasma on every call.
    From the battlefield to the Upstate, new lifesaving technology is going airborne. AnMed Health’s LifeFlight is changing the game by bringing a new cooler with blood and plasma on every call.
    From the battlefield to the Upstate, new lifesaving technology is going airborne. AnMed Health’s LifeFlight is changing the game by bringing a new cooler with blood and plasma on every call.
  • Meth Lab Impact In Upstate

    Meth Lab Impact In Upstate

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:50:25 GMT

    Drug enforcement officers in one Upstate county have made five meth lab busts in just four weeks. Experts say it's important to know when crimes like this are happening near you.

    Drug enforcement officers in one Upstate county have made five meth lab busts in just four weeks. Experts say it's important to know when crimes like this are happening near you.

Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.