DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan Housing held a surprise ceremony for a young woman they helped go to college.

In 2018, Jamillah Kinsey was awarded the Stephen Bollinger scholarship which was 10-thousand dollars — a scholarship awarded to those who live in public housing.

Kinsey went to Fisk University, a private historically black college in Nashville Tennessee to major in political science, and during her time she was inducted into the W.E.B Du Bois honor program which opened doors for other honor programs and even another scholarship.

Kinsey recently graduated with a Suma Cum Laude, a 3.9 GPA, and today she returned home to a ‘surprise’ and was recognized as a scholar.

“Because I want to be a lawyer, I do have to go to law school,” Jamillah Kinsey said. “I plan to go to a three-year JD program I don’t have an institution in mind but I plan to take a gap year so I can get more experience in the field.”

Kinsey said she’s forever grateful for Dothan Housing and she hopes her younger sister and others who live in public housing can look up to her as a model to go out and be great.