Seth Owen, the Florida teenager who received national attention last year after his parents kicked him out of his home for being gay and left him without enough money to attend Georgetown, recently landed an internship at Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s (D-Fla.) office and is prospering at the university.
Murphy’s office told The Hill on Saturday the congresswoman had contacted Georgetown to offer her support and an internship to the student after hearing about his story.
“I am proud that Seth chose to be a part of our team,” Murphy said in a statement to The Hill. “He will always be welcomed here, and I’m am happy to see him thrive. Our entire office is rooting for his continued success.”
Owen began his internship with Rep. Murphy in January and will be working with the office for the remainder of his spring semester.
Owen told the Orlando Sentinel Friday that he has also started Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation, a scholarship designed to help “students in marginalized communities access post-secondary education.”
He said he used a $25,000 donation he received from Ellen DeGeneres last year to start the initiative.
The Florida teen made headlines last summer after his high school biology teacher started a GoFundMe campaign to cover the gap between what Georgetown would cover and what was expected to come from Owen or his parents.
“Earlier this year (after a year of attempted conversion therapy), Seth’s parents gave him an ultimatum,” teacher Jane Martin wrote on the GoFundMe campaign. “He would either continue to attend the church that outwardly attacked him and his sexual orientation or he would need to leave home. For his own well-being and safety, Seth chose the later.”
That campaign raised more than $140,000 and Georgetown adjusted his aid package so his contribution would be zero.
Owen thanked his supporters in the interview with the local paper for their “incredible generosity to help me achieve my dream of getting to college. Each and every day, I am humbled by the opportunities I find in our nation’s capital.”
He urged students to apply for a scholarship.
“To whom much is given, much is expected, and I have taken on the responsibility of working to help other young people in similar situations as mine,” he wrote in his GoFundMe update.