Teen goes from homeless shelter to Georgetown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A few months ago, we told you about 18-year-old Rashema Melson, who was living with her family in a homeless shelter at D.C. General.

Rashema finished top of her class at Anacostia High School and got a full scholarship to Georgetown University.

WUSA9 checked up on Rashema to see how she's doing a few months later. She graduated from high school back in June. Now she's at Georgetown University on a full scholarship, a world away from the single room she shared across town at the D.C. General homeless shelter with her mother and two brothers.

Rashema is still homeless. Once the summer session is over, she cannot go back to the shelter because her name is off the list. Once you're out, you're out.

As for right now, she is trying to launch a nonprofit to address homeless children's special needs. She reminds them to, "Just don't let anything get you down. Don't let anything stand in your way."

Who better knows what a homeless child needs. What better example could they have?

"Anacostia prepared me to open up myself to be willing to try anything new. Don't be afraid of anything...you know, just dive in, just be ready for anything," Rashema said.

READ: Homeless valedictorian heading to Georgetown University: http://on.wusa9.com/1ppnGdo


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