School Gives Homeless Piano Player Full Scholarship

Donald Gould getting chance to finish his degree
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2015 11:48 AM CDT
School Gives Homeless Piano Player Full Scholarship
A screen shot of Donald Gould playing in Sarasota.   (YouTube)

A viral video of a homeless man artfully playing a piano in Sarasota didn't just make 51-year-old Donald Gould an Internet star. It's giving him a real shot at turning his life around. Michigan's Spring Arbor University, where Gould studied music years ago but left before getting his degree, has offered him a full scholarship to return, reports USA Today. The school says Gould also is checking into rehab to kick his substance abuse issues. Other results of that video: Gould was able to reconnect with his teenage son, via FaceTime, after 15 years, reports WFLA, and donors have kicked in $40,000 to a GoFundMe page for him. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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