The young woman thought she was leaving her house to help make a video in order to gain donations for her university, instead she was met by Drake and a giant cheque. The 20-year-old wrote on instagram:
@_destinyparis: This happened today. I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it. Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I’ve been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate. This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I’ve worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!’ You don’t understand what this means to me! I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I’m living out my dreams. God’s Plan.
James is originally from South Carolina where she grew up with her mother and moved to Miami to study Public Health at university. When asked about what she intends to do with her money, she said she wants to cover some of her tuition fees and loans and treat her mother.
The charity did not stop there. Drake was there to film his music video for his new single God’s Plan at the school and then donated $25,000 plus, new uniforms. His new single broke records as it was streamed 14 million times on its release day, beating the likes of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.
Article by Calla.