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Almost $130K raised for gay student
2018-08-08

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Seth Owen—the openly gay valedictorian of his senior class at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida—will be able to attend his choice of Georgetown University, thanks to a GoFundMe page and the university's choice to reduce his costs to zero.

Owen, who was also on his school's swim team, had split with his Southern Baptist parents because of the family church's anti-gay views. The teen then realized that he could not attend Georgetown University because the school had based his aid package on an expected $20,000 contribution from his parents.

Jane Martin, a biology teacher at his high school, then launched a GoFundMe page to raise tuition for Owen. Almost $130,000 has been raised, which Owen will use to set up a scholarship fund for other LGBTQ students.


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