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Science Whiz Returns to Homeless Shelter After Attending SOTU

samantha garvey, homeless science whiz

Homeless teen is guest at the State of the Union address. Pictured here with her Long Island congressional representative.

The Today Show‘s Ann Curry interviewed science whiz Samantha Garvey early this morning, after the girl drove all night from Washington, D.C. to make it to New York City for the interview. Garvey had been in D.C. to attend last night’s State of the Union Address, where she was one of the President’s guests.

Garvey shot to fame when journalists discovered that the teen, who had been named a semifinalist in Intel Science Talent Search, was homeless. She was interviewed on TV, she scored the SOTU invite, Ellen Degeneres gave her $50,000 for college, and her community rallied to support the budding scientist. An anonymous donor even paid to get their dog out of a shelter.

Everything seems to be looking up for Garvey and her family. Except for this detail in the interview with Curry [via Jezebel]:

She and her family are still homeless.

We previously reported that her community found her an internship. And she tells Curry that her dad now has a job. But previous reports stated that affordable housing had also been found for Garvey’s family. Shouldn’t they be in there by now? If not, why the delay? Garvey’s got a great story going now — even despite the fact that she didn’t make it as one of the 40 Intel competition finalists. But my worry is that help that has been promised to her family won’t come through.

Garvey represents how easily it could be for kids with so much talent, so much to give, to simply fall through the cracks. The number of kids living in homeless shelters — and giving up on school in order to boost the family’s income — is growing. These kids and their families are rarely in the news. But we shouldn’t forget about them.

I mean, how ugly would that be for Samantha Garvey to have the $50,000 scholarship but no place for her or her family to live? Think she’ll follow through on her education?

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