Homeless Student From Atlanta Is Headed To Yale Medical School

Chelesa Fearce truly lives up to her last name...(fierce, but still). Chelsea first made headlines back in 2013 when she was the valedictorian at Clayton County's Charles R. Drew High School in Atlanta. She graduated with a 4.5 GPA, all while living a secret life to her classmates - she was homeless and sometimes eating only one meal a day, studying by stove light in cheap motels and even sleeping in her family's car sometimes. Despite her circumstance, Chelesa's scholarly excellence received her a full ride scholarship to Atlanta's Spelman College where she graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and has spent the last 2 years doing drug research on neurological and psychiatric disorders. Chelesa has since received a FULL RIDE scholarship to Yale Medical School with all living expenses covered!!!! She starts this month and plans to attend the university for 8 years to receive both a doctorate and medical degree in Psychiatry. Congrats, Chelesa!

Read the full AJC story here.

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