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Columbus State University student surprised with tuition for tip

CSU President Chris Markwood (L), Turner College Dean Dr. Linda Hadley (middle), and Michael Woodham (R). (Source: Columbus State University) CSU President Chris Markwood (L), Turner College Dean Dr. Linda Hadley (middle), and Michael Woodham (R). (Source: Columbus State University)
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus State University student was pleasantly surprised to find out Monday that his tuition for the fall semester was paid in full by CSU supporters.

Michael Woodham, a junior major in business entrepreneurship, is a server at Trevioli Italian Kitchen on Blackmon Road.

One night recently, he struck up a conversation with a customer who happened to be a donor to CSU’s Turner College of Business.

“I really just try to serve everyone with great service, so I am excited and really surprised by this support,” said Woodham.

That customer, Wayne Starks and his wife Stella, contacted the Turner College the next day, told staff they were so impressed with Wodham, and that they wanted to pay for his college tuition this semester.

Woodham says the generous gift was completely unexpected.

“Couple came in, and they sat down at my section, and we struck up a conversation about school, and what I was going for, and they had just told me they had opened up or started a scholarship for the business entrepreneurial major at Columbus State University, and it was just perfect,” Woodham said.

Turner College Dean Linda Hadley surprised Woodham with the news Monday afternoon.

“This is a reminder that little things matter, and how the positive things you do can come back to benefit you later. The fact that the Starks decided to support this young man and pay it forward shows great support for our university and our students,” added Hadley.

Woodham says he's working to raise money for his girlfriend, Kendall who's deaf and in need of a new cochlear implant.

Woodham has started a fundraiser effort for his girlfriend, click here to learn more information on that.

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