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Homeless Texas Teen Receives Full Scholarship To College

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Overcoming all odds

Zaylin Washington, a Texas high school senior, has overcome significant adversity to earn a full academic and athletic scholarship to River College in California. Growing up, Washington faced challenges such as his parents’ incarceration, time in foster care, bullying, and homelessness. Patricia Wu and Jessica Reyes discuss the story with Dan Goodwin.

Finding support in the community

Finding a supportive family in his 7th-grade football team and stable housing with a youth group pastor, Washington focused on his academic and athletic goals. He credits this support system and his own determination to succeed for his accomplishments.

Words of inspiration for others

Washington encourages others facing adversity to accept help when offered, emphasizing that “people do want to help you.” His story serves as an inspiration, demonstrating the power of perseverance and the importance of supportive communities in overcoming challenges.

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