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    Gay Teen Rejected by Parents Gets Donations for Georgetown

    An 18-year-old from Florida was all set to attend Georgetown University with a partial scholarship. Then, his parents learned he was gay, kicked him out and said they wouldn't pay the remainder of his tution. News4's Mark Segraves tell how Seth Owen's "chosen community" stepped up to help.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Owen's parents kicked him out a year ago following disagreements over his sexuality and an ultimatum: attend their church or leave.

    A Florida teen who raised tens of thousands of dollars for college after his parents ostracized him for being gay now wants to pay it forward.

    Seth Owen's story was widely shared after his biology teacher took to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe that raised $140,000. He also got a $25,000 check on Ellen DeGeneres' TV talk show.

    Georgetown University offered the Jacksonville valedictorian a full-ride scholarship, and he told NBC station WTLV he used the windfall to start a nonprofit group to help other teenagers in similar circumstances.

    The organization Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation will be awarding three scholarships this summer.

    Owen's parents kicked him out a year ago following disagreements over his sexuality and an ultimatum: attend their Southern Baptist church or leave.

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