A Harvard-bound Massachusetts high school senior has requested that a $40,000 scholarship she received be handed to a student in greater need.

Verda Tetteh will be entering Harvard University on a full scholarship in the autumn, but she understands how a community college can impact a person’s life because her mother attended one at the age of 39.

So, when she earned a $40,000 scholarship from her high school for costs at last week’s graduation ceremony, the 17-year-old requested that it be donated to someone who is attending community college.

“I am so very grateful for this but I also know that I am not the one who needs this the most,” she told graduation attendees.

“And knowing my mom went to community college, and how much that was helpful, I would be so very grateful if administration … would consider giving the general excellence scholarship to someone who’s going to community college.”

Her mother cheered from the crowd.

“I was just happy, I stood up and started shouting so loud! I was afraid those in front of me would be like, ‘Why is she that loud?’ But I was so happy with her decision,” her mother told CBS News.

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