Five years ago, she was a homeless high school valedictorian. Saturday, she got a degree from Georgetown

The Washington Post (05/18/2019)
  • 23 year-old DC-native Rashema Melson’s father was murdered when she was a baby and she lived in homeless shelters with her mother and brothers.
  • Despite struggles, she graduated valedictorian from Anacostia High School and received a full-scholarship to Georgetown.
  • An introvert, Rashema struggled to fit in with Georgetown’s mostly-affluent students.
  • She dropped out to marry her high school boyfriend then, regretting her decision, returned 1 year later.
  • Rashema graduated with a degree in justice and hopes to work in public policy for the poor.