Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shawna Machado graduates with psychology degree AND is named Florida's 'outstanding student' Despite Being Homeless

The biggest challenge most college students face is what to wear to the next frat party. But Shawna Machado managed to complete school while living out of her car.

The 40-year-old Sarasota woman has just been named the University of South Florida's outstanding graduate for 2012, completing her degree in psychology despite having no home.

Having run away from an abusive home as a teenager and then a damaging marriage, Ms Machado got her GED just four years ago.

She planned to go to college part-time while she worked, according to ABC 7.

'I struggled from retail job to retail job,' she said, before she landed more stable work in a medical office.

But when she lost that job in May 2010, she could not longer afford her apartment and moved her entire life into her grey 2007 Hyundai Elantra.

'I got rid of everything and put everything that I could in my car,' she said.

She has been living in the vehicle ever since, spending nights parked at Walmart because they're open 24 hours, although she moves around to different locations so staff don't notice. Read More