Taylor Swift donates €26,000 so an 18-year-old can study math
British schoolgirl Vitoria Mario dreams of studying mathematics, but she doesn’t have the money. Singer Taylor Swift is so touched by her story that she gave the 18-year-old 26,000 euros.
Once again, singer Taylor Swift has shown her big heart in the form of a generous gesture. The 30-year-old donated the equivalent of almost 26,000 euros to a London student who is collecting money for her studies. “Vitoria, I came across your story on the internet and am so thrilled with your action and commitment to making your dreams a reality,” Swift wrote to 18-year-old Vitoria Mario, giving the student exactly £23,373 ).
Mario wants to study mathematics at the University of Warwick, England. She has excellent grades but not enough money to finance her studies. She first asked companies for help and threw notes in mailboxes. Because she couldn’t raise enough money, she started an online crowdfunding campaign. This is how Swift became aware of the student.
“I want to gift you the rest of your goal total,” Swift wrote to Mario. “Good luck in everything you do! Love, Taylor.” The singer herself did not comment on her donation, but on the online service Twitter she liked a tweet from a friend of Mario’s about the story.
Student moved to the UK from Portugal
Mario himself said on BBC television that Swift’s donation “blew her mind”. The generosity of the pop star is “a blessing” for her. According to her appeal for donations on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, Mario had only moved to London from Portugal four years ago. Although she didn’t speak English at first, she only got good grades in school. “Unfortunately, my father died and my mother is still in Portugal,” said the 18-year-old. “Moving away from her wasn’t easy, but from my family’s perspective, the sacrifice was worth it.”
She has now met her fundraising goal of £40,000 for housing and living expenses over four years thanks to Swift’s donation. Nevertheless, donations continue to flow in the direction of the overjoyed, prospective mathematics student. Vitoria Mario can now look forward to more than £2,000 extra.