Homeless Teen Accepted To Harvard

Last summer Dawn Loggins returned from a prestigious academic summer camp only to discover that her parent had abandoned her.

Rather than letting that situation get her down she crashed for a while with her friend’s mother and she took a part-time job as the custodian of her school, arriving two hours before classes to start work at 6 a.m. Dawn also carried a shower cap, toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo in her school bag in case the chance to take a shower was ever made available.

Loggins for all standard measurement was one of 1.4 million students in the United States who are homeless.

While some students drop out and others turn to a life of crime, some actually graduate and head to college but few get accepted to Harvard.

Loggins, 18, graduated with nothing less than an A-minus and graduated last Thursday with 300 other seniors from her northern Cleveland County high school.

With nothing less than an A-minus, Loggins, 18, has beaten the odds and will graduate Thursday with the other 300-plus seniors from her northern Cleveland County high school.

For her part Loggins is taking the entire acceptance in stride, revealing:

“It’s not the end for me – just another step.”


Along the way Dawn lived in poverty even before her parents left, she often wore the same clothes to school multiple times in a row and would carry buckets of water back to her house, buckets she filled at a local town part.

Despite constantly moving from school to school and eventually missing several months of school from the 2009-2010 academic school year before her mom eventually enrolled her in Burns High in March 2010. l Dawn was able to keep up with other students despite her missed education and eventually she graduate at the top of her class.

As for her parents Dawn Loggins holds no resentment telling The Charlotte Observer:

“This might seem strange, but I love my parents. My mother, in her way, believes she did the best for us. My stepfather tried to support us. My grandmother taught me a lot. They meant well.”