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Student Who Received $50,000 Scholarship From Drake Graduates With Master's Degree

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Student Who Received $50,000 Scholarship From Drake Graduates With Master's Degree

The woman who was handed a $50,000 (£35,000) scholarship by Drake has shared her graduation photo.

Destiny Paris James appeared in the video from Drake's 2018 hit 'God's Plan', where she can be seen being handed a giant cheque by the rapper while at the University of Miami.

Destiny graduated with a bachelor's degree in public health in 2019 and has now completed a masters at the University of North Carolina in the same subject.

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Sharing a shot of herself with a beaming smile and her graduate cap in hand, Destiny wrote: "Mama, I mastered it. Daddy, I did it. 4 days until I am officially UNC Alum."

Commenting on the post, Drake wrote: "LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DES", to which Destiny responded: "@champagnepapi THANK YOUUUU!!"

Destiny has previously spoken about her complete surprise at being handed the scholarship.

Speaking to The Miami Hurricane, Destiny said she received a call from the assistant vice president of the university advancement who told her they wanted her to feature in a video that would be used to encourage alumni to donate, but once there she came face-to-face with the rapper.

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Drake. Credit: PA
Drake. Credit: PA

In a 2018 Instagram post, Destiny explained: "I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it.

"Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I've been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate.

"This was the surprise the whole time.

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"Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition.

"@champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!' You don't understand what this means to me! I would've never imagined this happening to me.

"I'm just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world."

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Speaking to University of Miami News and Events in 2019, Destiny said: "Everything I went through was so worth it.

"Thanks to Drake, I'm probably stressing about classes and work, but I'm not stressing about tuition."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@_destinyparis

Topics: Drake, Celebrity, Music

Claire Reid
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