Homeless Teen Drew Gooch Earns Full Scholarship To College in Tennessee

Drew Gooch, 17, is homeless student that is graduating at the top of his class and a full ride to Middle Tennessee State University.
Drew Gooch, 17, is a homeless student who is graduating at the top of his class and earning a full ride to Middle Tennessee State University.
There are plenty of students that have problems to contend with at home that no one knows about. These brave soldiers still get up every morning and go to school to get some relief from their situation and try hard to focus.

Drew Gooch is a high school senior that was living in his 1997 Toyota Camry because his mother’s live-in boyfriend is a registered sex offender which prevented him from legally living with her. He has had an uphill struggle to survive, but managed to earn a full scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University, along with the Bootstrap Scholarship, a scholarship for “hardworking students who overcame odds to excel in their classes,” as well as a Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship.

He doesn’t mention much about his mom in his story, but talks about how he has taken care of himself buying his own groceries and washing his clothes and simply fending for himself, according to the Daily News Journal.  He told Nashville’s News 2 how he had been taking care of himself for as long as he can remember.  It wasn’t the first time Gooch was alone, though…he remembers being ages six and seven, and not having anyone around to do things like make meals.  ”I’ve always taken care of myself,” he said.”

To survive, he would stay with an older sister or friends, he’d stay in the library until it closed, slept in his car behind Embassy Suites, and provided a donut to teachers that would agree to work with him on his studies a half an hour before school started at Holloway High School.  The 17-year-old is obviously mature beyond his years and his principal believes he’s a godsend:

“Drew is every teacher and every principal’s dream,” said Holloway High School principal Sumatra Drayton. “I know Drew will be back here, speaking at graduation. Drew will be back here mentoring students and being a model.”  Gooch has a job at McDonald’s and he is the valedictorian of his graduating class with a 3.9 GPA.  This is a story of perseverance and dedication to education that every child should read.  Gooch wants other students to know:  “Take what life gives you. Don’t give up. Don’t sell yourself short. The only person who can decide who you can be is you,” Gooch said. “That’s what I tell myself when I look in the mirror every morning.”  To see video of Drew and his story, click here.

article via eurthisnthat.com

10 thoughts on “Homeless Teen Drew Gooch Earns Full Scholarship To College in Tennessee”

  1. 3.9 GPA homeless! THIS is the stuff that makes GREAT men..no lie. I get chills across my body thinking of what this young , so young!, brother has gone through to make it, to survive, to EXCEL. God has a special place in Heaven for souls such as his; and we can be sure he’s going to be among the Whose Who of Who to Watch Make Things Happen in our Country. And to think students with so far less, great majority, aren’t even average students. *sigh* We’ve so much work to do with getting “our” children as a whole UP to speed. They can’t compete without an education. Period. I couldn’t be prouder of this youngster..As usual I’m very glad you posted this. THIS is the type of good news I might not have heard about; IF not for your posting it. I love IT

    1. We think this young man is special, too, and we absolutely love finding and sharing stories like his. The Drew Gooch’s of the world do exist, and they deserve as much praise and attention as possible, not only for what they are doing/have done, but also for inspiring others to strive to be their best. Please share his story – he deserves all the attention and praise this world has to offer!

      1. I will for sure..So proud of him. If you hear of a way to send him emails of encouragement or donations please let me know. I know people who are in full support of progressive Black youth..

      2. If any one know how I can help this student continue his education, please email list on here all contact information. I am really impressed about this story!!! May God continue to shine on him every day as he move forward with his education. I pray most of all that God open work on his mother so that she understands that her children comes first before a man!

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