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“Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” Swift wrote in the notes section of her donation. “I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
Mario’s monetary goal was set at £40,000 (more than $52,000). In a financial breakdown shared in her GoFundMe, Mario showed donors that the acquired funds would go to her accommodation, equipment and assorted living costs such as food, transport, gas, electricity and more.
The University of Warwick is a prestigious university that is ranked among the top 10 universities in the U.K. for 2021, according to topuniversities.com.
Mario has spent four years in the U.K. and lives with her family in Tottenham. However, her family could not afford to cover the costs at the University of Warwick and were also ineligible for loans and grants.
“Sadly, my father has passed away, and my mother remains in Portugal,” Mario wrote when she launched her GoFundMe campaign on Aug.1. “In spite of this, I have always been a studious person, and after coming to the U.K. in 2016, unable to utter a word in English, I achieved 100% A*-As in all my GCSEs in 2018, getting a grade 9 and 8 in Maths and English respectively.”
Fans of Swift and others have continued to donate to Mario’s college fund, which is at around $62,083.50 as of Sunday morning.
“I would also like to thank everyone who has donated, shared or supported my campaign,” Mario wrote in an update to her campaign.
And when it comes to Swift’s donation, Mario is especially grateful.
“I call it a blessing, personally, because for her to donate more than 50 percent of what I needed, it just blew my mind,” she said in a recent interview with the BBC. “I never expected that to happen, if that makes sense.”