This article was originally posted on NY Daily News by Ben Chapmen on February 28th, 2017.
Children’s Defense Fund-NY fetes once-homeless Brooklyn teen with ‘Beat the Odds’ Scholarship
Many city high school seniors are winning college scholarships this time of year, as graduation season looms just a few months away.
But few of them have overcome as many hardships as Rosemary Rodriguez, a formerly homeless Brooklyn teen .
Rosemary, 17, has tackled life in the shelter system and abuse within her family to be able to graduate this June from Coney Island’s Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies.
On Tuesday, she received a $10,000 “Beat the Odds” college scholarship from the Children’s Defense Fund-New York.
Rosemary is one of five city students who won the scholarship that recognizes kids who have overcome tremendous adversity to give back to their communities.
And for Rosemary, who hopes one day to become an investigator who profiles criminals for the FBI, the support and recognition makes all the difference.
“It’s unbelievable,” she said of the award. “It makes going to college that much more of a reality. I never thought I’d get here after everything I’ve been through. But I am so thankful.”