Student makes statement in how he paid his last tuition billUPDATED 3:16 AM HST Apr 18, 2014Video Transcript
MANY STUDENTS WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE. ONE IN PARTICULAR ...AT SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IN BETHANY .. DID JUST THAT. HE USED HIS LAST PAYMENT.. TO MAKE A LASTING STATEMENT. K-O-C-O'S WENDELL EDWARDS EXPLAINS. IT'S NEW AT SIX. PENNIES-PKG It is a remarkable story, a college student making his final tuition payment with 500 pounds of pennies. A symbolic gesture that proves hard works really pays off. IT WAS A HEAVY LOAD.. YET .. A WEIGHT LIFTED. 500 POUNDS OF PENNIES. AND 24-YEAR-OLD ANDREW MAGBEE ... EARNED EVERY SINGLE BIT OF IT ... I collected aluminum cans, I started a sandwich shop, I moved lawns, painted houses, NOW ... HE TURNED EVERY DOLLAR .. EVERY DIME ... INTO 97-THOUSAND, 400 DOLLARS WORTH .. OF PENNIES. THAT'S 974 BUCKS .... HIS FINAL TUITION PAYMENT ... A SIGNIFCANT MOMENT .. THAT'S PRICELESS. it's the idea that pennies add up. And being frugal counts and working hard counts.. MAGBEE SAID HE DID ALL OF THIS TOO .. TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO COME BEHIND HIM. encourage them to think through the process of financing their education, how they are going to do it and what they are going to pursue to make that happen. MAKING SURE THAT HIS LAST PAYMENT COUNTED FOR SOMETHING. RIGHT DOWN ... TO THE LAST PENNY. Andrew is not done yet with the pennies. He's going to help the business office take it all to the bank. In Bethany, Wendell Edwards, KOCO 5 News.