Student who gets a full ride scholarship to VSU in “shock” of the outcome

ETTRICK — This fall, Rachel Martin will be attending VSU with dreams to pursue coding as a career.

What’s even better is that she won’t need to spend a dime on her tuition, allowing her to graduate debt free.

“It’s still a shock to me,” Martin said. “Because it’s like, wow, I really worked hard to get here and I never thought I would be where I am.”

Martin hails from Danville and grew up in a single-parent home. Though they’ve had their challenges, Martin says she wouldn’t change a thing because that’s what shaped who she is today.

“She raised me well … me and my mom just have that best friend relationship,” Martin said. “Even when she was struggling on her own and thought the world was ending, she still managed to take care of me and provide everything that I needed.”

Martin says she’s determined to beat the odds.

“To be Black and to be a woman is way more challenging because, one we’re minority and two, we’re taken as weak, and not as experienced as everyone else … I have gone against those stereotypes and gone against the It just motivates me to do better. “

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