India Jackson was thrilled when she was accepted to a prestigious summer internship at NASA’s field center in Houston. But there was one big problem: the single mother and Georgia State University student had to pay for her own travel, housing and other living expenses.
Her cousin Dasha Fuller came up with the idea to try raising money for her on a GoFundMe page last week, with a goal of about $8,000. Within one day, strangers crowdfunded $8,510 for Jackson’s internship.
“It really caught me off guard. It was amazing and it was overwhelming, and I was just blown away,” she said, noting that her program at GSU generally does not fund internships, and NASA’s stipend wouldn’t be enough to support her and her daughter.
Now Jackson, 32, will be able to fly to Houston with her 12-year-old daughter Jewel and work for NASA analyzing high-intensity radiation events and predicting solar flares.
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