Joshua Nelson landed a full-ride scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University. Now the Missouri native wants to pay it forward by donating his college savings to another high school senior.
Nelson, a senior at St. Charles West High School, was one of only five students selected for the prestigious President's Scholarship at the university. A total of 288 people applied, according to the City of St Charles School District.
This scholarship, valued at $43,000, will cover tuition and boarding for four years as long as Nelson meets the annual renewal criteria, according to the university. And now that it's paid for, the 18-year-old decided to donate the $1,000 he saved for college to another student in need.
"I feel like it's important to be involved in your community and leaving a legacy," he told We Love St. Charles, a local non-profit community outreach organization. Nelson said he started The Joshua Nelson Leaders in Action Scholarship, which aims "to help multicultural students who are showing leadership, community service and just have great qualities in and out of the classroom."
Photo:18-year-old Joshua Nelson standing with Katie Krodinger and Lenell Hahn, shows off the scholarship given to him by Southeast Missouri State University.