Gay Teen Kicked Out by Parents Will Now Go to College for Free Thanks to Crowdfunding

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Seth Owen found himself homeless after being kicked out by his religious parents. Now, he has a free ride at his dream university.

After being kicked out in February, Georgetown University offered Owen a financial aid package. Unfortunately it did not cover $20,000 he needed in order to finance his first year, so his biology teacher and mentor Jane Martin set up a GoFundMe page to cover the difference.

The crowdfunding met that goal and then some — raising nearly $130,000 at the time of writing.

“Thank you to all of my supporters in Jacksonville and across the globe who have given their time, talents, and financial support to help me make my dream of attending Georgetown University a reality,” Owen told PinkNews on Friday through his swimming coach Kaylee Petik.

“While the campaign has been ongoing, the professionals at the Office of Student Financial Services have continued to work with me to make my dream a reality. Due to their efforts and attention, they were able to adjust my aid package even further, my expected contribution is now $0. With these new adjustments, I will be able to attend Georgetown University this fall.”

He added: “I am honored to be selected to attend Georgetown University and am elated that I am now able to attend Georgetown because of the gracious donations to the GoFundMe campaign and the efforts of the Office of Student Financial Services. Thank you to all who have donated to the campaign. Your generosity will help me succeed academically this year and in the years to come.”


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