Teen Gets College Scholarship After Random Act of Kindness

TSU surprises La Marque Waffle House worker with scholarship

TSU surprises La Marque Waffle House worker with scholarship

It was just another day of work for Evoni Williams when a stranger snapped a photo of her that would change her life.

It is a moment among several in recent years, captured in a picture, put online, and capturing the attention of the Internet: like a New York City police officer giving a homeless man a pair of boots, or workers at a drive-through pausing to pray with a grieving customer, or a restaurant goer whose wife died of cancer anonymously paying for the meal of another cancer patient. Now Williams has a college scholarship.

"I have been in and out of the hospital for the past five weeks", Adrien Charpentier said.

Known as "Mr. Karaoke" by the restaurant staff for belting tunes at the local senior center, Charpentier said numerous waitresses kindly cut his food for him.

Recently Charpentier has been experiencing muscle weakness in his hands. "I need help and the waitresses issue it to me". As of Sunday, more than 130,000 people had reacted to the Facebook post and almost 7,000 have shared it. "I had no coordination feeling or strength in my hands", Charpentier said. "It's so wonderful that the younger generation cares about the older generation". The mayor of La Marque proclaimed March 8, 2018 Evoni "Nini" Williams Day, which brought Evoni to tears.

"There is a lot of love in La Marque, Texas, and we intend to perpetuate that", Hocking said. Despite the attention, she said she felt it was the right thing to do.

Since no act of kindness goes unnoticed or wasted, the teenager soon received a big surprise. La Marque is near the university's hometown, Houston. Williams' act also caught the eye of Texas Southern University, which surprised her at the proclamation with a scholarship totaling $16,000 - $4,000 for each of four semesters.

All roads lead to Texas Southern.

Despite the hectic work environment, Williams said that she was more than happy to oblige. She plans to study business. "She has the character of the type of students we want at Texas Southern University". We appreciate her dedication to caring for her customers!

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