Photo: Samantha Garvey (right) with her science research teacher Rebecca Grella
Not one to let her family’s homelessness keep her form reaching for her dreams, New York teen Samantha Garvey was named as a semifinalist for the National Intel Science Competition, and the good news keeps coming.
After hearing the young scientist was living in a homeless shelter with her family, donations came flooding in, but what makes her story even more heartwarming is the fact that Friday morning, it was announced that the Samantha and her family received a rent-subsidized three-bedroom home in Long Island.
Just two days ago, Samantha was over the moon after learning she has a shot at the science competition’s $100,000 prize.
News of her story spread quickly, as many learned the story of the Brentwood High School senior who had been living with her family at a homeless shelter since January 1.
Thursday, Samantha told radio station WCBS-AM that being homeless motivated her “to do better.” Adding, “I do well, and I pursue my passion because it’s what I have, and it’s a way out, you know, and it’ll lead to better things.”
The project that made her a semifinalist has been two years in the making and focuses on predators’ effects on ribbed mussels.
The teen says she hopes to pursue a career as a marine biologists after attending Brown or Yale.
The finalists for the competition will be announced later this month, but in the mean time, she, along with her two siblings, parents and pets, will be able to move into their new apartment in just 10 days.
“This is just the most amazing thing you could ask for.”