First-Generation High School Graduate Surprised With $50K Scholarship

High school senior students across America currently are losing sleep, anxiously anticipating letters from the respective colleges they have applied to, trying to map out their futures. 

One Philadelphia High School senior student can sleep a little better tonight, after she was given a major scholarship on-air with Good Morning America.


Lyric Wise was one of four high school students competing for a $10,000 scholarship award to the college of their choice from the early morning show. Good Morning America, together with partner Tallo, surprised her with an additional $40,000 in scholarship money while her and her family were live on television. 


Wise was accepted to and plans to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she aims to educate herself and help those who struggle with substance addiction and abuse within her community. 

She is the first person in her family who will graduate from high school and she will be the first one to attend college, overcoming many obstacles. The clip from Good Morning America details Wise’s life story. 


Sadly, she lost her father four years ago to a heart attack, and when the 2020 pandemic hit, her single mother’s work hours were drastically cut short and their landlord would not allow the family to renew their lease, leaving the family in a compromising position. 

Wise’s mother had made the impossible decision to separate her children, placing them with other family members, until she financially got back up on her feet. Despite the major setbacks, school remained a priority for Wise.

Wise is an incredibly ambitious young woman, having founded her own nonprofit to help her community. She will graduate as class salutatorian and she has served as president with the National Honor Society.

The student is clearly passionate about her hometown, the City of Brotherly Love, telling broadcaster Robin Roberts, “I have picked the prestigious Drexel because it is in Philadelphia, the city that helped create who I want to be.”

Wise wants to form programs that tackle some of the major social issues that Philadelphia struggles with.

“This scholarship will help me continue this trend of bettering myself through education.”


Congratulations, Lyric! You deserve this!

Written by Abigale Racine