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A Waitress Who Helped an Elderly Man Cut His Ham Is Now Getting a $16,000 Scholarship to College

She was working at Waffle House to save up money to go to college. But now, a viral photo is helping 18-year-old Evoni Williams follow her dream of getting a college education. 

The picture, posted on Facebook by Laura Wolf on March 3, shows Williams cutting an elderly costumer’s ham after he had expressed his hands were too weak for him to cut it himself, Wolf wrote in a post. 

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The photo has now been shared over 70,000 times on Facebook, and even caught the attention of Texas Southern University — which offered Williams a $16,000 scholarship to attend college, where she plans to study business management, KVUE reports

“I'm thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative,” Wolf wrote. “If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand….”

Williams, for her part, didn’t expect all the attention. 

“It’s something I would do any other day," Williams told ABC News

The scholarship will help Williams pay for her studies at Texas Southern, where tuition is around $4,300 per semester, according to the school’s site

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Although nearly nine in 10 US adults had a high school diploma or GED, just one in two had some college experience, according to the most recent census data

For low-income Americans, these numbers are even lower. According to, less than 30% of the poorest quartile of Americans by income level were enrolled in a four-year college. 

But Williams is showing that sometimes access to an education can spring from the most unexpected places, like a Waffle House. 

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