Homeless teens on "60 Minutes" get free college
There has been an incredible outpouring of support for a homeless brother and sister in Florida, profiled last Sunday by Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes." They'd been living out of their father's truck.
Now after that story, both Arielle Metzger and Austin Metzger will be getting full, four-year scholarships to college.
On "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," Wendy Libby, president of Stetson University, said the scholarships were the result of an outpouring by alumni and faculty. The school offered each of the teens a financial package that today is worth about $46,000 a year, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Arielle Metzger, who was wearing a green and gray Stetson T-shirt for part of the "60 Minutes" broadcast, said since the "60 Minutes" feature aired, they've received many calls, emails and letters from people who have said they are an inspiration.
"(The contact has been) very helpful because just hearing that is really warming," she said.
Arielle is a freshman honors student at Seminole High School. She dreams of eventually becoming a child-advocacy attorney.
She told co-anchor Russ Mitchell that life experience drew her to that profession: "I always see people or you always hear on the news about children, like, being inappropriately abused, and I know that kids, most of the time, don't have a say. ... And I just want to, even with the smallest instances, want to help and reach out for the kids and hear what they have to say."
Austin, who also appeared on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" from DeLand, Fla., said he wants to be a marine biologist one day. Libby assured him that the school has a marine biology program.
Libby added, "At Stetson, we always talk about daring to be significant. To be significant as a university, to be significant in your individual life, and when we first saw the Metzger family and the amazing things that their father, Tom, has done to hold this family together, we really said that is part of the Stetson University experience."
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