by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
A Los Angeles high school student received $40,000 dollars in scholarship money then turned around and gave it all away. No, Allan Guei is not crazy. He is a young man with a big heart willing to help his fellow students along the road to success.
Guei, whose parents are from the Ivory coast, won the scholoarship money through a free throw competition held at Compton High School in March of this year and sponsored by the advertising firm Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener. After this 18-year-old student found out that he was the recipient of a full basketball scholarship at California State University Northridge, he felt that some of this peers could benefit more from the $40,000 than he could. This is a tremendous act of generosity on Guei’s part because in actuality, the National Collegiate Athletic Association rules permitted Guei to keep the $40,000 and the basketball scholarship.
According to Daily Mail Online news Guei told ESPN, “I was already well taken care of to go to school, to go to university for free. I felt like they needed it more than I did.” On a different occassion Guei stated, “I’ve already been blessed so much and I know we’re living with a bad economy, so I know this money can really help my classmates. It was the right decision.” The other high school students who received a portion of the $40,000 were runners-up in the free-throw competition.
Although the advertising firm is who provided the scholarship money for the free throw competition, the idea was that of Court Crandall — a Hollywood screenwriter and employee of the advertising firm. Daily Mail Online news reports, “He became concerned that a lack of finances were denying talented students from Compton, a deprived area of Los Angeles, the chance to progress, so he set up the contest and persuaded his firm to donate the prize money.”
This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.