Taylor Swift has stepped in to help a young person in need.
A GoFundMe page set up by an 18-year-old student living in London caught Taylor’s eye. The student, Vitoria Mario, had been offered a place at the University of Warwick in England to study math, but was deemed ineligible for loans or grants to pay her tuition. After contacting numerous people for help, and either being rejected or ignored, she started putting letters with her story into mailboxes in London’s rich neighborhoods. When that didn’t work, she set up the page to raise the money she needed for four years’ worth of tuition, housing and books, which amounted to just over $52,500.
Vitoria, who describes herself as “a young Black 18-year-old with a dream,” was halfway to her goal when Taylor stepped in and gave her the rest of the money she needed: just under $30,700. “Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” Taylor wrote on the GoFundMe. I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.” A few days ago, Vitoria posted that her place at the University of Warwick had been confirmed.
Meanwhile, Taylor has sent out signed CDs to various independent shops around the country, which they separately started to announce on Thursday. “Thank you @taylorswift13! ☺️ Taylor just sent us some signed copies of her newest CD, ‘Folklore!’ First come, first serve!” wrote Vintage Vinyl. “Look at what came in 👀 30 CDs signed by Taylor Swift,” Rough Trade NYC wrote.
Taylor also recently released her bonus song “the lakes” from her album folklore, which is assumed to be about her relationship with Joe Alwyn.