AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — In a time when many high school seniors are in despair, one had her dreams come true when she was surprised with a check for $10,000.

Aquinas High School salutatorian Kimberly Mazurek wasn’t sure she’d be able to go to Georgia Tech in the fall due to financial concerns.

“I’ve been having just some doubts about going to Tech. And I feel like it’s really possible now,” Mazurek said. “This is definitely gonna really help me.”

The scholarship is one of two that real estate mogul Venus Morris Griffin is awarding to students who have overcome adversity.

“I wanted to help children who by no fault of their own went through devastation. 47 and education is the key to rising above everything. Kimberly has a 4.85 on a 4.5 scale — No. 2 in her class. She has overcome her own share of adversity that she wants to keep private.”