McFARLAND, Calif. - The principal of McFarland High School has given a $40,000 scholarship check to a student
The principal, Laurie Schultz, contacted 23ABC and said the school was surprising Diana Valenzuela with a $40,000 scholarship through the Edison Scholars program.
Schultz said, "This is just incredible. This could not have happened to a more deserving student."
"I was able to watch her grow up when I met her in middle school," Schultz said. "I know this is going to help her along with her studies and her goals."
Valenzuela told 23ABC that she was getting ready to turn down her offer to University of Southern California until she received the scholarship.
Valenzuela said, "I come from a low-income family and once I saw the estimated cost after all of my financial aide it was $12,000."
"How is my family going to pay for this?" Valenzuela said. "I mean it doesn't seem like a lot, but it's a lot to us."
Valenzuela said she's going to study civil engineering.
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