- Arlan Hamilton is a 39-year-old lady who was once homeless and slept on the airport floor
- The lady is now a successful businesswoman who has created a scholarship for black undergraduates at Oxford University
- The scholarship covers fees and living cost for one undergraduate a year for three years beginning in 2020
A 39-year-old lady who was homeless and slept on airport floor has now become a successful entrepreneur that has created a scholarship for black undergraduates at Oxford University.
Arlan Hamilton, who slept at San Francisco airport with a backpack and a laptop, is the creator of the first scholarship fund targeted at black undergraduates at Oxford University, Face 2 Face Africa reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the scholarship covers fees and living cost for one undergraduate a year for three years beginning in 2020.
The scholarship is valued at around $300,000 (N110,100,000) and its beneficiary must be of African and Caribbean heritage and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each student will also be given $3900 grant to pursue careers in their chosen field.
She told USA TODAY: “I plan on doing this for several schools over the next decade and starting with Oxford because I’ve spent a great deal of time with their students and faculty, and Dillard because it’s my mom’s alma mater and shaped her.”
Speaking about the time she was homeless, Arlan said: “It was pretty traumatic to sleep on the floor of the airport and hope that that’s not illegal because I didn’t know at the time.”
In other news, a Nigerian lady identified as Sarah Oshunniyi has given credence to the fact that an academic pursuit could eventually end well despite failures at the beginning.
Oshunniyi shared her inspiring story on LinkedIn, saying she did not get a single A in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The lady said she had to study philosophy after failing her diploma examination into law with the worst result ever.
She said: "I maintained a steady 4.375 for 3 semesters. I had given up every single hope of ever making a First Class."
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