He slept in homeless shelters as a kid. Now he's going to Harvard on a full ride
When he was a kid, Richard Jenkins raised his hand in class so often bullies started calling him "Harvard." "It was their way of taunting me, like, 'Oh, you think you're so smart," he said. As it turns out, he was. Now, after overcoming a challenging childhood, the high school senior from Philadelphia is headed to Harvard University on a full scholarship. Jenkins, 18, faced a multitude of difficulties growing up, including poverty, medical emergencies and harassment from his classmates. But he turned these obstacles into motivation to create a better future for himself and his family.