Student ‘over the moon’ as Taylor Swift gifts her £23,000 for uni fund


Student ‘utterly shocked and over the moon’ as Taylor Swift gifts her £23,000 for uni (Picture: Matt Baron/Rex)

One A-level student was left ‘utterly shocked and over the moon’ after Taylor Swift decided to help out with their university fees and donate £23,000.

London based student Vitoria Mario, 18, has managed to secure her place at the University of Warwick, despite worrying that she wouldn’t be able to financially cover the costs needed for her degree.

After getting two A*s and an A in her A-levels, Vitoria set up a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise enough money to secure her place at uni, as her family were unable to support her financially.

Vitoria, who moved to the UK four years ago from Portugal, explained to Sky News that she wasn’t eligible for a maintenance loan or grant and needed help to cover the costs of her accommodation, living costs, textbooks and a laptop.

Unbeknownst to her, Taylor ended up coming across her page and decided to help out, making a huge donation to ensure Vitoria had the money she needs to carry out her degree.

Vitoria, who’s father has died and her mother lives overseas in Portugal, was, as you can imagine, completely surprised by Taylor’s kind gesture, revealing: ‘It’s amazing. I’m just over the moon and so thankful.’

Taylor donated the remaining total Vitoria needed to reach her £40,000 target (Picture: Rex)

She said: ‘I was utterly shocked when I found out [Taylor had] made the donation. I just couldn’t believe it.’

‘This is a dream I’m now able to achieve,’ Vitoria gushed, now Taylor has helped relieve her of the ‘financial burden’ accepting her place at uni would have brought with it.

Vitoria had been hoping to raise £40,000 to study her dream four-year degree in Mathematics at Warwick.

People had started to generously donate to Vitoria’s fund, with Taylor, being Taylor, then donating the rest needed to hit the student’s total.

The star donated £23,373 and left a message with her donation that read: ‘Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality.

‘I want to give you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love Taylor.’

It’s not the first time Taylor has dug deep into her pockets to help others. Earlier this year, when the coronavirus pandemic first hit, Taylor gave a Nashville record store financial help in order for it to stay afloat and provide its staff with healthcare.

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Taylor had also donated sums of money to fans struggling to stay afloat during lockdown and gave one fan $3000 (£2420) after they posted on Tumblr asking for help financially.

‘Holly, you’ve always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor,’ the songstress wrote, after making her donation.

What a gem.

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