I found out about Toni Morgan from the place I find out about way too many things nowadays, on Instagram. I was scrolling along and was moved by a post about a woman who had gone from living on the street to getting accepted to Harvard on my friend Gavin’s stream. Knowing him and knowing that he isn’t one to repost much of anything, let alone something that wasn’t legit, I immediately tried to find a way to connect with Toni, and here’s why.
As I’ve mentioned before Toni has been homeless, she didn’t graduate from High School, she’s now what many institutions would consider a mature student but not old enough to be considered mid-career. All of this would make getting into a graduate program at Harvard not only difficult but close to impossible, but Toni did it. She did it with a strength and tenacity that almost reverberates through the screen as you watch her speak about her journey on Youtube.
Toni has been accepted into the Masters of Education program at Harvard. She will focus on non-traditional education which will also enroll her into the Harvard Business School and MIT. This part touched me the most. Because 1. I come from a family of teachers and believe so strongly in the importance of education 2. I work closely with the Remix Project, an organization that realizes the potential in people even when the traditional forms of education fail them.
Toni’s story is one of inspiration to all. One that reminds us to keep fighting for our dreams. One that reiterates to me that we need to continue to find ways to support those within our community who are willing to take the extra steps towards greatness because these are the women and men who will be taking the strides to effect real and tangible change right here in our neighborhoods.
The one glitch in this whole story is that graduate programs aren’t cheap. Especially graduate programs in the States. Especially graduate programs at Harvard. There aren’t many scholarships available for Toni and the price tag is a heafty one. So Toni is looking for our help. For our community to put our money where our mouth’s are and support one of our own. The good news is that since Toni opened a crowd funding page on GoFundMe.com she’s raised a whopping $83,000.00!!!!! With the help of some local news stations, social media and people like you and me, Toni is so close to her goal of $93,700.00.
I’ve donated and I hope that in what ever way you can, you do too!
Good luck Toni! Thank you for the much needed dose of inspiration. You’re a star.
Donate or learn more about Toni’s incredible story HERE