Xavier Jones decided to walk six miles to his 8th-grade graduation after finding out his grandfather’s car had broken down.
Xavier lives in St. Louis Missouri, and he, his brother, and a friend made the 2-hour walk from West Florrisant Ave. to Harris-Stowe State University, where the graduation was held.
They made it in time, and Xavier, who is a 4.0 GPA student, walked across the stage and secured his diploma.
The Harris-Stowe State University president was so moved by Xavier’s determination and dedication that she offered him a full scholarship.
It spoke resilience for a kid who wanted to press his way regardless to what adversity, regardless of the fact that he didn’t have transportation, he was still determined to come and be present.
Harris-Stowe University is an HBCU, and Xavier said he was very excited about the scholarship offer.
I wasn’t really expecting a full-out scholarship to Harris-Stowe.
I was very excited for the awards that I got.
The HBCU president wasn’t the only one blessing Xavier with gifts for his determination and dedication. NFL Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Ron Armstead presented the family with a new Minivan and gifted Xavier with an E-bike.
Ron Armstead encouraged young people to be more like Xavier.
I’ll just encourage our young people to be more like Xavier.
Just be self-driven, motivated, and keep going no matter the adversity or obstacles, uh, keep going, uh, blessings are coming.
Congratulations to Xavier Jones on his graduation, scholarship offer, and new forms of transportation.
Living in a time where most young people complain about walking to the mailbox, Xavier’s story is truly remarkable and inspiring.
Shouts out to Harris-Stowe University and Ron Armstead for uplifting, celebrating, and motivating this young man.