Drake surprises a Miami student with a $50k scholarship

By Tyler Anderson
Newsbeat reporter

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Drake surprised a young student at the University of Miami with a $50,000 (£36,000) scholarship after reading one of her essays.

Destiny Paris James told Newsbeat: "It was life changing. I screamed, I cried ... it was just such a huge blessing."

The 20-year-old student thought she was taking part in a video encouraging people to donate to the university.

Instead the three-time Grammy award-winning artist showed up with a cheque just for her.

Image source, Destiny Paris James
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Drake and Destiny at University of Miami

Destiny took to Instagram to express her disbelief that Drake presented her with the $50,000 scholarship in person.

The student, who is from South Carolina and studying public health, grew up in a single-parent home with her mum.

Speaking to Newsbeat, Destiny said: "It was very shocking to even be that close to someone like Drake and for him to tell me; 'I've heard your story, I've read so many great things about you.'

"It's always been a struggle to make sure my tuition is covered.

"My new favourite Drake song is God's Plan.

"I just kept saying God always has a plan... It's just so ironic how much I was relating to this song and didn't even know I'd end up in his video.

"He told me that he had to run off to shoot the video... So he was like; 'Come over, tell them to bring you over to the video shoot'.

"Everybody knew Drake was on campus to shoot a video but nobody expected that."

Destiny told Newsbeat that she plans on using the money to cover the gap for her tuition next year, take care of some loans and treat her mum.

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The Canadian artist also made an appearance at a Miami school to film part of the video for his new song, God's Plan.

He then went on to donate $25,000 (£18,000) to the school before announcing new uniforms from his OVO brand for all the students.

Drake stunned students at Miami High by taking to the sky in a crane, to film visuals for his hit God's Plan.

It broke records for Spotify and Apple Music, streaming over 14 million times worldwide on its first day of release.

The record was previously held by Taylor Swift with her Reputation album's lead single Look What You Made Me Do.

Videos posted on social media show students' excitement about Drake's plans to design OVO uniforms.

He then addressed the crowd and wished them all well before donating a $25,000 cheque to the school:

"I hope you all have a great year, I hope you all go on to do incredible things.

"And the best news of the day is that the bell is about to ring, so school is over!"

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