You never know who’s listening to your story, and a Washington, D.C student learned just that.

Last week, WUSA9,  a DC area news station,  highlighted the story of Zach Wood. Wood recently was admitted to Yale, Stanford, and Brown summer college programs, but didn’t have enough money to attend.  Zach then decided to use gofundme.com to accept donations.

“A decade from now, I would like to have an undergraduate degree from Williams College, a double major in political science. I would like to have a degree from Harvard Law School, graduate summa cum laude,” says the 18-year-old.

Although his fund raising efforts were  somewhat successful, he was still short $6,000.

And that’s where Peggy Cooper Cafritz comes in. 

Cafritz is a long time DC resident, patron of the arts and co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Cafritz saw Zach’s story and said she was moved by it, so she’s offered to pay the rest of his summer program tuition!  The money does come with one condition, she wants Zach to keep in touch with her after the summer program ends.


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