A student who received a gift of £ 23,000 from pop superstar Taylor Swift said she was ‘thrilled’ with the donation.
18-year-old Vitoria Mario set up an online fundraiser after finding out she couldn’t afford a math class at the University of Warwick.
Ms Mario moved from Portugal to the UK four years ago, so she is not eligible for loans or maintenance grants.
She vowed to graduate with top grades “to make Taylor proud.”
Speaking to Vanessa Feltz of BBC Radio London, Ms Mario said: “I didn’t know what to do. Even the message was really nice.
” I do not know how [Ms Swift] I saw it. If it was someone from the UK I would be less surprised. ”
The American singer, whose top 16 UK hits include the aptly titled Wildest Dreams, wrote a post on Ms Mario’s fundraising page confirming her donation.
By this point, Ms Mario had reached almost half of her goal of £ 40,000.
Swift wrote: “Vitoria, I came across your story online and I am so inspired by your willingness and dedication to making your dreams come true.
“I want to give you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck in whatever you do! Love, Taylor. ”
Ms. Mario said: “I want to thank her with all my heart. ”
Upon arriving in the UK, the teenager had to make the difficult decision to leave Portugal, where her mother still lives.
She said her family could not afford to support herself and needed funds to help pay for her housing, laptop, textbooks and general living expenses.
She said that despite her inability to speak English when she moved to the UK in 2016, she left school with two A * and one A in her A-level.
Swift has already made several impromptu gifts to fans whose stories she’s read online, including a New York photographer who requested financial support through Tumblr.
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