On Thursday, Vitoria Mario, an 18-year-old aspiring mathematician living in the U.K., received a $30,000 donation from Grammy winner Taylor Swift that completed her fundraising goal for her education at the University of Warwick.
Mario, who describes herself as “a young Black 18-year-old with a dream,” created a GoFundMe to help fund her education.
Mario moved from Portugal to the U.K. to live with her family in Tottenham in 2016 to further her education. She did so without her mother who remained in Portugal and her father who passed when she was ten.
She began attending Brampton Manor Academy and has earned the highest honors despite not knowing English when she originally arrived.
After recently being accepted to the University of Warwick, Mario learned she wasn’t eligible for maintenance loans or grants due to not. having ‘Home’ status in the U.K.
Mario took the initiative to email 442 persons from top firms for support and guidance; however, she didn’t receive any aid. She tried various ways to raise funds and decided upon creating a GoFundMe.
In a short timespan, Mario’s story began going viral and she raised nearly half her GoFundMe goal. Then enters Taylor Swift.
After stumbling across her story online, the pop mogul felt compelled to help Mario reach her goal.
“Victoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” penned Swift.
She continued: “I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
Prior to Swift’s donation, Mario had planned to attend school and work but hoped she’d get more donations as working would interfere with her studies.
Mario told My London she wants to help people like her. “My goal is to create a charity that helps people like me. I’ve achieved more than some people who are English, but I haven’t been able to access the same privileges.”
She continued: “I also want to encourage [women] to do science subjects. In my school, I’m the only girl doing Maths at university.”
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