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Student selected for Harvard summer program, lacking funding

A Pataula Charter Academy student has been accepted to a program at Harvard University. (Source: WALB) A Pataula Charter Academy student has been accepted to a program at Harvard University. (Source: WALB)
Victoria James is a junior. (Source: WALB) Victoria James is a junior. (Source: WALB)
Ben Pope is a teacher at the school. (Source: WALB) Ben Pope is a teacher at the school. (Source: WALB)
CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) -

A Calhoun county student is a couple thousand dollars short of spending the summer at Harvard University. 

Victoria James is a junior at Pataula Charter Academy. 

She's been accepted to take summer courses and receive credit at Harvard University.

The only problem is that it's going to cost her about $15,000 to get there. 

Teachers and students have been helping her raise funds.

She's now a few thousand dollars away from the opportunity. 

She said she wants serve as a role model to other students that even a small town South Georgia girl can have big dreams. 

"I hope this puts a drive in other people to say I can also do this too, but don't look at the funds to stop your or any financial situation that you make have," said James. 

"I really hope it leaves a lasting impression on everyone, not just on our school but other schools as well to shoot for the stars," said Ben Pope, a teacher of James'.

James said her goal is to be a doctor. 

James would leave for the summer program on June 16th and stay at Harvard University in Boston until August 1st. 

If you want to help her reach her monetary goal to go to the summer program, she has a Go Fund Me page. 

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