Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette Paid The Tuition For A College Student

By on July 11, 2018 in ArticlesSports News

It's no secret that college is expensive. Between tuition, housing, books, meal plans, and a host of other fees, many students find it challenging to pay for everything. Scholarships, financial aid, and part-time jobs help, but they're not always an option for everyone – and they still may only cover a portion of the costs.

LSU student Jhane Nichol found herself in that very same situation. Entering her final year of college, she faced $10,000 in tuition. She worked two jobs, but that was only enough to pay for half; she still needed $5,000. And every loan she applied for turned her down.

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So, like any smart entrepreneur, Nichol turned to her network. She created a GoFundMe page asking for assistance, whether it was just $1, $2, or $5. Every little bit would help.

Luckily for Nichol, her tweet happened to be spotted by Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette, who's currently on a deal that will pay him $27 million, helped lead the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game last year. But he wasn't done spreading the wealth.

He offered to pick up the rest of Nichol's tuition:

Fournette knew Nichol from his days at LSU, where she serves as a trainer. She's also from New Orleans, Fournette's hometown.

"I feel like everybody needs that chance to do something they want to do in life," Fournette said.

Thanks to his generous donation, Nichol will get to complete her senior year and receive a college degree. And that's an incredible accomplishment.

Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance. Joey's favorite billionaire is Mark Cuban.
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