Viewer foots rest of student's bill for Ivy League program

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A viewer has agreed to help send a D.C. student to an Ivy League Program.

Wednesday evening, WUSA9's Bruce Leshan told you about Zach Wood, a young man from one of D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods who got admission to some of the country's most prestigious summer college programs, but couldn't afford to go. He had turned to raising donations at a page.

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Later Wednesday, Peggy Cooper Cafritz called the station and said she was willing to foot the rest of the bill. She told us she was moved by Zach Wood's story, but says she was also frustrated that money was going to be the reason why he didn't get to take advantage of a great opportunity. With Wood about $5,000 to $6,000 short of his goal, she says she couldn't just sit back and watch.

Cafritz told Wood that the money comes with few, very simple conditions. Most importantly, she wants Wood to keep in touch long after the summer program ends.

Besides being a renowned art patron in D.C., Cafritz has been involved in education in the District of Columbia for decades, including a term as the president of the D.C. Board of Education. She also co-founded the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Northwest D.C.


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