It's no secret that university comes with a hefty price tag.
via: Getty ImagesTuition fees, accommodation, textbooks, laptops... it all mounts up to a lot of money, that quite simply, not everyone has.
And sadly, because of this...
via: Getty ImagesSo many deserving and talented people miss out.
But, not if Taylor Swift has anything to do with it...
via: Getty ImagesThe star has hit the headlines this week for giving the ultimate gift to one lucky student.
Taylor Swift started her career in the music industry pretty early.
via: Getty ImagesAfter catching the eye of Scott Borchetta, a Dreamworks Records executive at the time, she was signed to Big Machine Records which was a newly found independent label.
And she found fame almost instantly.
via: Getty ImagesTaylor released her self-titled debut album, in 2006 and received a whole array of positive reviews from music critics including a glowing piece by The New York Times describing it as "a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice."
The album sold 39,000 copies in its first week.
via: Getty ImagesNot a bad job for an eighteen-year-old newbie writing her own cutesy material.
But her second album was the one that really blew up for her.
via: Getty ImagesWith hits like "Love Story" and "White Horse", Taylor found herself being propelled to superstardom and the album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
And fast forward ten years, she has now achieved accolades that only artists dream about.
via: Getty ImagesIMDB describes Swift as "a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. As of this writing, she is also the top-selling digital artist in music history."
So it's safe to say she has cemented herself in the industry.
via: Getty ImagesThere were a few bumps in the road, but she became a source of inspiration for other young women trying to get into the industry with their own content.
However, where there is good, there is always bad.
via: Getty ImagesThe journey wasn't an easy one, but Swift hardly discussed the dark side of the business, until very recently. She seemed to get sick of keeping up the pretense that everything was okay when behind the scenes, she was struggling with aspects of her personal and professional life.
But even though those difficult times, she managed to produce some quality content.
via: YouTubeWe all know Taylor Swift is an amazing songwriter and music producer, but there’s one thing she doesn’t get enough credit for… And that’s her overall creative talents.
The headlines about her started becoming more and more negative because of his actions.
But you know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
But in fact, it did the complete opposite.
So, it was time to take a break.
via: Getty ImagesAnd after a year of healing, she came back with a gentle vengeance. And that’s where her new music comes into play…
Her new album, Folklore, received rave reviews from critics and fans.
And it seems she's also no stranger to a good deed.
via: Getty ImagesAn aspiring mathematician who could not afford to pay for university in the UK has received the most surprising gift from the singer this week.
After receiving top grades, Vitoria Mario from north London had been offered a place at the University of Warwick.
via: GoFundMeBut, having moved to Britain from Portugal 4 years ago, she is not eligible for maintenance loans or grant to help with the costs.
Tragically, her father has died and her mother lives in Portugal.
via: Getty Images"Moving away from her was a challenge but it was a sacrifice worth being made in my family's eyes," she said.
Mario said her family lacked the finances to support her.
And this week it received a shocking donation.
via: GoFundMeTaylor Swift donated a whopping $30,000 to enable Mario to accept her offer at university.
Mario says that the singer's donation is a "dream come true."
via: Getty Images"I was worrying too much about the money, what I have to do, and if I have to look for a job. She actually made my dream come true," she told the BBC.