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The president of the United States wrote to him advising that he finish his education.

Jesse Grainger is indeed taking President Barack Obamaā€™s handwritten advice, selling the letter he received for $9,500 to use for tuition, the New York Post reports.

Formerly homeless, the young man wrote to Obama some years ago to tell his own story and hopefully get advice. ā€œAs a child I had big dreams of going to college and doing great things ā€¦ I came from a small town where most people were poor, especially my mother and me. My mom adopted me when I was 1 day old. She raised me to believe that education was the most important thing that I could ever get. My adopted mom died when I was 13,ā€ he wrote, according to the news site. ā€œThe day I turned 17 I walked out ā€¦ with a book bag, a few outfits and my momā€™s Bible to set out on a journey that has forever changed my life.ā€

A South Carolina family took Grainger in before he began his social work degree at Winthrop University, but money remains an issue. The student had already taken out $10,000 in loans, the New York Post notes.

When Obama wrote back in 2011, he advised the young man to stay on his course. ā€œThanks for your letter and your inspirational story. The best advice I can give you right now is finish your education,ā€ the president wrote.

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