Nicki Minaj Helps Lucky Fan Pay For College

Chicago student Pedro Velazquez reached out to Nicki on Twitter and got more than he bargained for.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Nicki Minaj is out here changing lives. Remember when she surprised fans by offering to help pay their college costs earlier this year? Well, she's still making good on her offer months later.

Chicago student Pedro Velazquez says that the rapper recently helped cover his tuition costs, paying $1,069 to Wilbur Wright College on his behalf, The Chicago Tribune reports.

"I sent her a tweet saying. 'Are you able to help me out with what I owe?' which was like $1,069. And I never thought she was going to see it, but I just tried. And then she did respond to me and I was shocked," Velazquez told the Tribune. "She doesn't know my situation, but if she was to know, I'm sure she would be really happy that she did that for me."

Velazquez is an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. from Mexico with his parents when he was six; he's been working various jobs to put himself through school, with the goal of eventually becoming a physical therapy assistant. He called Nicki's gift a "huge help."

"I didn't want to be just working and not have an education, which is why my parents I'm sure brought me to this country, for me to get an education," he said. "I didn't want to waste the opportunity here, and so I wanted to make a better me."

Good for him, and good for Nicki for helping so many people! Back in May, the rapper posted a summary of the help she's given to students so far on Instagram, writing in the caption, "This makes me so happy. [A few from the other day] I'll do another impromptu payment spree in a month or 2 but pls know that I'm launching my official charity for Student Loans/Tuition Payments VERY SOON! You'll be able to officially sign up! I'll keep you posted!"

[Photo: Getty Images]

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