Homeless Marshfield grad met with outpouring of community support

Tanner Wilson managed to keep his grades up and applied for the Ford Family Foundation scholarship, which will cover 90 percent of his college education. (SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The community has rallied behind a homeless Coos Bay teen who recently beat the odds recently and won a college scholarship.

Marshfield high graduate Tanner Wilson faced many difficulties in his life and never had a stable home, living with friends whenever he could.

Tanner received the Ford Family Scholarship, which will cover 90 percent of his college education.

Friends encouraged Tanner to start a GoFundMe page to cover the remaining 10 percent, an estimated $2,500.

He set his goal at $1,200 but so far has raised over $1,300.

"I cannot thank everyone enough, not only those that donated, those that shared, gave comments of support, just everyone in the community has really helped me get the motivation and finances I needed,” tanner said, “just the support I needed for this next chapter of my life."

Tanner was accepted into Oregon State's pre-engineering program, which he'll start this fall.

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