Delshawn Fowler Catches Uber To College Tour
DelShawn Fowler made headlines when he caught an Uber ride last summer from Detroit to Ohio State University to catch up with his college tour.
Such was his desire to be the first in his family to attend college that he felt the cost was worth it.
And it has paid off.
The 19-year-old came home to Detroit for the holidays after a stellar first semester at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically black college in midtown St. Louis. He not only held down five classes and worked two jobs, he made straight A’s and now has decided that rather than be a visiting nurse — his goal when he left Detroit — he wants to be a traveling doctor, perhaps with Doctors without Borders or the Peace Corps.
DelShawn knows that medical school may be a little harder, but he has no qualms about his future and no doubt about the support he has gotten over the past six months.
18- year-old DelShawn Fowler catches an Uber 3 1/2 hours to catch up with the College Tour Bus he missed. Delshawn is one of six children and has grown up in the heart of Detroit. No one in Delshawn’s family attended college, so he decided early on that he would be the first.
At 6:30 a.m sharp, Delshawn’s bus pulled out of Marygrove College’s parking bound for 10 universities nationwide. Unfortunately, DelShawn stayed up to 2 a.m. the night before packing and his phone died which was also his alarm clock.
Several months early Delshawn signed up to be apart of a competitive Midnight Golf program – which mentors young students, helps them get into college, teaches them life skills – and golf – and nurtures them until they get their degrees. DelShawn was among 243 students chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants. The Midnight Golf program organized the tour to help the teens decide which college they wanted to attend.
Delshawn tried to find a bus or plane ticket to take him to meet the College Tour Bus in Ohio. When all of that failed, he finally decided on an Uber. When Uber driver Kevin Fuller, 52, of Detroit saw the nearby request for a ride, he didn’t think twice about taking it. Fuller had not idea the final destination would be Ohio State University to catch up with the college tour bus.
“I asked him what was his destination,” Fuller said. “He said ‘Columbus, Ohio.’ I said ‘You know that’s another state, right?’ ”
So when DelShawn told him why he was going to Columbus, Fuller didn’t hesitate.
“I figured he was young, and I didn’t have nothing to do, and he would miss out on it. So I figured maybe I could help him out,” said Fuller, 52.
So Fuller set his GPS to Ohio State University and off they went on a 3 1/2-hour road trip to get DelShawn on that bus. Uber allows its drivers to travel only up to two hours with a single fare, Fuller said, but he decided he would make the trip anyway.
For three hours they talked and connected about life choices and similar past experiences. DelShawn said it was an adventure. So they made it just that and Delshawn caught up with the tour bus.
Three weeks ago, Fuller and volunteer mentors took DelShawn and another student, Paris Brown, to visit Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, the college DelShawn has now chosen to attend this fall. He will be in good hands, she said, because the school’s president, Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, is a 39-year-old native Detroiter who told them he understands DelShawn’s struggle. Read More Freep.com
If you would like to help DelShawn Fowler or other students being mentored in the Midnight Golf Program, visit www.midnightgolf.org and click the green “Support Midnight Golf” button at the top of the screen. Or make checks payable to: The Midnight Golf Program. 30100 Telegraph Rd., Suite 478, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. Please note whether your donation is for DelShawn or the program itself.
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