Homeless Teenager Up For $100,000 Science Award
A 17-year-old homeless teenager from New York has been named a semifinalist in one of the most prestigious science competitions in the country!
Samantha Garvey lives in a homeless shelter with her family, but that certainly hasn't stopped her from pursuing some big academic dreams. She's one of 300 teenagers named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, vying for the top prize of $100,000 college scholarship.
"She is very special," her father told HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell in an interview. "She's a hard worker, very driven and dedicated to anything and everything that she does."
The family lived in shelters and hotels when Garvey was younger, but seven years ago they were finally able to afford a house. A car accident in February of last year caused her parents to fall behind on rent and eventually put the family back in a shelter.
But despite the shaky living situation, Garvey has maintained a 3.9 grade point average while working on her scientific research project, which studies the effects of predators on ribbed mussels.
"I want to do better for myself," she told ABC News. "I want a better life."
Finalists in the competition will be announced later this month, and we know who we're rooting for!