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Morehouse student awed by billionaire pledge to pay off college loans

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Morehouse student awed by billionaire pledge to pay off college loans

Morehouse student awed by billionaire pledge to pay off college loans

Robert Smith made the announcement at Morehouse College on Sunday.

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Morehouse student awed by billionaire pledge to pay off college loans

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING, EDIT CONTAINS VIDEO ORIGINALLY SHOT IN PORTRAIT SHOWS: ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 19, 2019) (AMARI SHAW - MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY AMARI SHAW / NO RESALE) 1.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE STUDENT AMARI SHAW HOLDING DIPLOMA, SAYING (English): "Y'all don't understand bro, only a few of us made it man.

Only a few of us made it." ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 20, 2019) (AMARI SHAW - MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY AMARI SHAW / NO RESALE) 2.

(SOUNDBITE) MOREHOUSE COLLEGE STUDENT AMARI SHAW SAYING (English): "Hearing that the entire amount of debt for the class of 2019 would be paid off had to have been one of the most elating feelings, the most emotional feelings as far as just, like a fluctuation of screaming and shouting, or crying and rejoicing.

It was a lot.

And it put me in the position where I was just stuck in awe about it all.

Knowing that all the hard work we've put in as brothers and all the support we've had behind (us from) our families, and the mentors who have groomed us to be in these positions, to come into this, being men of Morehouse, and growing into Morehouse men, has all been worth it.

And (it) has all been taken care of as far as the weight on our shoulders going into the actual real world in hopes of doing what we want to do and giving back the way that we're supposed to.

It's amazing.

It's truly a feeling that I'm still trying to comprehend a day later, knowing that my brothers and I are set to go into the real world and accomplish everything that we're supposed to accomplish.

Touch everyone that we're supposed to touch.

Reach everyone who were supposed to reach.

After graduation, without anything on our shoulders, without anything on our families' shoulders.

With a clear head, a clear conscience, a clear mind.

It's amazing.

And I look forward to being in this position knowing that I can reach and touch and do everything that I'm supposed to as a newfound Morehouse man." STORY: A Morehouse College student reacted to the news that billionaire Robert Smith would pay off the student debt for the entire 2019 graduating class.

Smith made the announcement on Sunday (May 19), during a speech at the Atlanta, Georgia university.

The black founder and chief executive of the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has a net worth of about $4.4 billion, according to a 2018 estimate by Forbes magazine.

Morehouse is a historically black college, one of more than 100 schools founded to serve black students, mostly in the U.S. South, before the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed school segregation.

Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights hero, is among its notable alumni.

(Production: Christina Anagnostopoulos)




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