SC woman's generosity sends kids to college

By Jackie Faye - bio | email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Some students who might not normally afford a college education can now fulfill their dreams, thanks to the generosity of one South Carolina woman.

Martha Jean Adams-Heggins has been researching ways to reach at-risk youth for 40 years.

"Those risk factors include things like suspension in school, single parents, students who are having difficulty with academics," said Adams-Heggins.

Deboya Snell was one of those students. She started in a program in elementary school.

"In 5th grade I was kind of a quiet child, so with the program it really helped me to understand myself more," said Snell.

Academics is where Snell says she had a hard time.

"It helped me, I struggled with math a lot, so the program really helped me with my math, with the different tutors, they helped me understand the different processes with my math," said Snell.

It has been 8 years since Deboya enrolled in the program and now she's getting the top scholarship.

"I'm looking forward to becoming a registered nurse and helping others," said Snell.

But more than that, Snell wants to reach out to youth at-risk.

"I would like to give back to you know students like myself to help them to let them know they can make it," said Snell.

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