Uber driver receives college degree, thanks to her passenger

  • A 43-year-old single mom recently earned her degree, thanks to her Uber passenger who paid her college debt
  • Latonya Young had Kevin Esch as her passenger and during the ride, she told him her struggles
  • A few days after the conversation, Young received a call from her college informing her that her balance was already settled and she can already enroll

A single mother who works as hairstylist in the morning and Uber driver at night finished her degree — thanks to the passenger who paid off her college debt so she can go back to school.

Image from video via KGET News

The 43-year-old Latonya Young who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, studied criminal justice at Georgia State University but when she incurred a $700 balance on her account, she was forced to stop going to school. Although she had intentions to finish her degree, she has to prioritize her children’s needs first.

“Every time I got ready to pay the money, my kids needed something. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll just wait,’” Young told WIST-TV.

And then, one day, she got a booking to Mercedes-Benz Stadium from a passenger headed to an Atlanta United game. During the ride, Young shared her struggles with the passenger. At 16 years old, she had to drop out of high school because she had a child. Young also told him about her $700 debt.

Image from video via KGET News

A few days after the conversation, Young received the phone call that changed her life. It was from Georgia State University, informing her that she can now re-enroll because her balance has been settled by her passenger Kevin Esch.

“I was literally blown away. A stranger has never done that or done anything like that for me,” Good News Network quoted Young as saying.

She made sure that the kind passenger won’t regret spending that much for her. She studied well and graduated. “When he paid the balance, I had to do this for him. I maintained my grades, As and Bs, just trying to do everything to make sure he knows I appreciate him,” she said.

And we appreciate you, too, for doing that as well!

Sources: WIST-TV, Good News Network, KGET News