A formerly homeless student who wrote a letter to President Obama in 2011 asking for advice is selling the president's hand-written reply to pay for tuition.

Jesse Grainger found himself homeless at age 13 after his adopted mother died. Despite spending his high school years moving from home to home, he never lost his determination to get his education.


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Grainger has gotten a GED and an associate’s degree, and he is currently working on his bachelor’s degree, dreaming to one day get a master’s degree in social work.

After writing the president for advice in 2011, he received a hand-written response on official White House stationary, in which President Obama advised Grainger finish his education and stay determined.

Grainger – who is already $10,000 in student loan debt – joined Jenna Lee on “The Real Story” today to discuss how he might be forced to sell the prized letter to raise money for tuition.


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“I really don’t want to get rid of it. I really didn’t. But I saw that as my only choice,” he said of the letter, which is currently waiting to go up for auction. He said they hope to get $9,500 at auction.

Grainger said he believes there is a plan for everyone, and his plan is to open an outreach center in his community so other underprivileged youths have a place to turn to.

For those who would like to contribute to Grainger’s education fund, you can visit www.GoFundMe.com/8R4RW4.

Watch the interview in the clip above.


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