Formerly homeless teen wins scholarship to Harvard

Education is really important to 17 year old Jorge Campos, a high school senior from Palmdale, California. He travels about 140 miles round-trip to school every day and that means he’s up at 4:30 or five in the morning and doesn’t get home sometimes until 11 or midnight!

When he was 13 his dad lost his job. From there the family spiraled into homelessness eventually living in a van. Those experiences made Jorge work even harder on his education. He studied finances. “I took over my parents’ finances, under budgeting, and now two years later, we purchased our home,” Jorge told KTLA 

Not only is the University of Southern California’s TRIO Upward Bound Scholar enrolled in community college, and close to earning his associate’s degree, he’s been accepted to Harvard for fall and he’s going on a full scholarship!

Despite some of the traumatic things he’s experienced in his life, he doesn’t let it get him down. “Always keep in mind where you’re going,” Campos says. “Because it’s not where you are that matters, but where you want to be.”

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