After Receiving A Prestigious Scholarship, High School Senior Donates College Savings

St. Charles West High School senior Joshua Nelson, 18, landed himself a full-ride to Southeast Missouri State University, where he is enrolled in the biomedical sciences program and will begin courses in the fall.

He has decided to pay it forward and give the $1,000 he had saved up for college to another high school senior in need. Out of this initial donation came The Joshua Nelson in Action Scholarship, which aims, “to help multicultural students who are showing leadership, community service and just have great qualities in and out of the classroom.”

Southeast Missouri State University

Nelson has served as a member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Student Union. He also played on the school’s varsity basketball team and tutored local kids as well.

Importantly, he has been the president of his school’s Multicultural Achievement Council (MAC) program, which encourages historically under-represented students to maximize their potential and prepare them for life after high school.

“I feel like it’s important to be involved in your community and [leave] a legacy.”


Nelson hopes that local businesses and others will feel inspired to match his starting donation, so that several students can benefit. The fund is being managed through St. Charles West High School—donations can be given HERE.

According to CNN, Nelson’s classmates and peers consider him to be an inspiration inside and outside the classroom.

“I think he’s an inspiration to some of the other people at the school, especially students of color. I don’t even think he realizes that he’s doing that much for everyone else as well.”


It’s safe to say that the young man is already making a great name for himself, and we can’t see where his future takes him!

Written by Abigale Racine