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Drake surprises college student with $50,000 scholarship

HELPING HAND: Drake (Photo credit: PA)

RAPPER DRAKE has started 2018 off with a good deed, by helping make a fan's college dreams come true and handing her a $50,000 (GBP35,800) scholarship.

Destiny Paris James was surprised with the scholarship by the God's Plan hitmaker on Monday (Feb 5) after being told she was going to be included in a video asking people to donate to the University of Miami.

Drake showed up to present her with the cheque after reading an essay she submitted to receive a scholarship last year.

"Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments," James wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of herself and Drake. "I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I've been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate.

"This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH...!!"

This happened today. I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it. Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I've been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate. This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!' You don't understand what this means to me! I would've never imagined this happening to me. I'm just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I'm living out my dreams. God's Plan ????????

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Drake was in Florida to film a video for his song God's Plan at a local school and after giving Destiny the cheque, he invited her to the shoot.

Speaking to Newsbeaa Destiny said: "My new favourite Drake song is God's Plan. I just kept saying God always has a plan... It's just so ironic how much I was relating to this song and didn't even know I'd end up in his video.

"He told me that he had to run off to shoot the video... So he was like, 'Come over, tell them to bring you over to the video shoot'. Everybody knew Drake was on campus to shoot a video but nobody expected that."

After meeting with Destiny, Drake also surprised students at Miami Senior High and donated $25,000 (GBP17,900). He also gave students clothing items from his OVO brand.

"I hope you all have a great year, I hope you all go on to do incredible things...," he told them.

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