“Socio-economic barriers” were preventing a student from attending.
First, Taylor Swift sent funds to fans struggling with coronavirus-related financial issues. Now, a singer is helping a prospective student pay for college. Earlier this week, Swift donated £23,373 (about $30,000 U.S.) to Vitoria Mario, an 18-year-old student hoping to study mathematics at the University of Warwick in the U.K. “
“I have lived in the U.K. for four years now, after migrating from Portugal to live with family in Tottenham,” Mario writes on her GoFundMe page. “The socio-economic barriers of not being eligible for maintenance loans/grants is due not only to not having ‘Home’ status, but also because my family are low income, and unable to help me self-fund through university.”
Mario was hoping to raise about $40,000 to cover tuition, housing, and supplies for her four-year study period.
Less than a month after launching her GoFundMe, Mario has exceeded her goal amount— thanks to a generous donor – Taylor Swift.
“Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” Swift’s donation message reads. “I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY OR EVEN HOW TO FEEL😳😳😳 GOD IS GOOOOD
— Vitoria (@vitoriamariox) August 20, 2020
Thanks to Swift’s donation, as well as donations from over 1,000 contributors, Mario’s place at Warwick was confirmed.