Celeb Citizen: Kevin Esch Pays His Uber Drivers College Debt and Attends Graduation

By: Kyle Daniels

An Atlanta Uber driver achieved her dream of graduating from college with a little help from a generous passenger.

Kevin Esch was one of LaTonya Young’s Uber passengers—as the hairstylist switched to her ride share gig one evening. While both were total strangers, the 43-year old single mom began to share her personal story while conversing during his route to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

She mentioned dropping out of Georgia State University because of an unpaid $693 balance. Every time she had the money, her kids were in need of something.

A few days after that rideshare, Georgia State called Young to inform her that she was able register for classes now.

Young was so inspired by the act of kindness that she maintained her grades and finished! A few weeks ago, she earned her associate’s degree in criminal justice, and her former passenger—Esch attended the graduation.

“I have thanked him so much but I feel like I haven’t thanked him enough,” Young told “Good Morning America” of Esch’s generosity. “It was not just the money but his willingness and his sacrifice for me to do better in life. This man knew me for maybe 20 minutes.”

This month, LaTonya will be back in class to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

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