Teenage Waitress Receives $16,000 Scholarship After Her Small Act Of Kindness Goes Viral

Date March 14, 2018

A young girl had no clue that helping a customer in need would make her go viral and there was no way she could have imagined that this small act would earn her a big scholarship.

Evoni Williams is a Waffle House waitress who went the extra mile when an elderly customer seemed to need help. The 18-year-old saw the man struggling with his food and she decided to cut it up for him.


The young lady just wanted to brighten the man's day and that was exactly what she did. What she did not expect was that she was brightening her own future in the process too. Her generosity and compassion have been rewarded with a $16,000 college scholarship.

While speaking to KPRC, Evoni explained that what she did for the senior citizen was just the kind of person she was. "It came from the heart. I would do it any other time, not just this time."


On the day that changed her life forever, Evoni was on a busy shift at the Waffle House in Texas when a 78-year-old man named Adrian Charpentier complained that his hands were in pain.

Not hesitating one bit, Evoni cut some ham on the man's plate. One of the restaurant patrons, Laura Wolf, took a photo of this moment. While sharing it, she added that Adrien was using an oxygen mask at the time too and was having difficulty breathing.

Laura Wolf / Facebook

The picture went viral and of the thousands of people who saw it, Texas Southen University was one of them.

On March 8, representatives of the school visited the Waffle House and surprised the teenage waitress with a $16,000 check.

Evoni was deeply touched by the gift. The young girl had been working as a waitress since she graduated high school until she could save up for college. Speaking to reporters during the ceremony, she said:

I didn’t think it was going to go big. But I thank you all. It’s just something I would do any other day.


If there's ever any lesson on the importance of being kind, this is it. You just never know what can come out of doing something generous for someone.