The homeless teen who is a semifinalist in the Intel Science Search has already won a major prize, CBS News reports. The Department of Social Services in Suffolk County, NY announced today that they had found a three-bedroom home for Samantha Garvey and her family to move into.
The house was recently vacated and no other families were bumped on the housing waiting list for the Garveys to have a place to live, Suffolk County Executive Director Steve Bellone said.
The Garveys have been guaranteed a fixed-rate rent that they can afford. Additionally, the county has offered Samantha an internship to work on marine and fisheries issues.
While Samantha’s story has been inspiring others, she’s finding motivation from the Intel nomination.
“This motivates me to do better,” Garvey told CBS radio station WCBS-AM Thursday. “I do well, and I pursue my passion because it’s what I have, and it’s a way out, you know, and it’ll lead to better things.”
If Samantha wins the Intel competition, she will win a a $100,000 scholarship.
Since her story was first chronicled by Newsday, Garvey has made appearances on CNN, “NBC Nightly News” and “Good Day, New York.” School officials said they also have fielded a query from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
On Thursday, it was learned that an anonymous donor had come forward to arrange to kennel and vaccinate the 4-year-old pit bull, Pulga, owned by Garvey — a dog the girl feared would be euthanized because of the family circumstances.
“I never expected this much attention,” an excited Garvey told Newsday on Thursday.
On Friday, she learned from Bellone that the new home accepts pets.
Newsday has more about this inspiring teen, who attends Brentwood High School on Long Island, NY: