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Brush with destitution fuels a desire to succeed

Man's scholastic triumph inspires fellow students

Standing outside University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square, Maximilien Yelbi recalled the nights he spent at the homeless shelter last year. He earned a full scholarship to Hamilton College in New York. Standing outside University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square, Maximilien Yelbi recalled the nights he spent at the homeless shelter last year. He earned a full scholarship to Hamilton College in New York. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / January 21, 2009

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Maximilien Yelbi stood outside the Harvard Square church in a half-trance, wondering how it had come to this. Shivering in the January night a year ago, he stared at the basement shelter for several minutes before shuffling through the snow toward the door and the warmth and hot meal beyond. (Full article: 937 words)

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