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Homeless teen vies for $100K scholarship

  • Samantha Garvey is a homeless high school teen vying for a $100,000 scholarship
  • She's a semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search

On HLN's "Issues," Jane Velez-Mitchell talks to a teen who is achieving amazing things.

Samantha Garvey is a high school senior from Long Island and she is a semifinalist in one of the most prestigious science competitions in America, the Intel Science Talent Search. That alone would be an accomplishment that would make any parent or teacher proud. But what makes this story even more inspiring is that this high school senior and her family live in a homeless shelter! 

Samantha Garvey first became homeless when she was a little girl. Her family worked hard and had their own place to live for a few years, but a car accident led to missed work, and late rent eventually put the family back in a shelter.

But her family's living situation isn't standing between Samantha and her dreams. She's just a few steps away from a $100,000 college scholarship!

Samantha’s aspirations don’t stop there either. “I want to attend Brown or Yale… and get my doctorate,” she says.

Jane Velez-Mitchell talks to Samantha and her father about pursuing the $100,000 scholarship grand prize despite unbelievable odds.

Don't miss "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN and follow the show @IssueswithJVM on Twitter

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