BED-STUY - A homeless Brooklyn high school student has defeated the odds by receiving a $15,000 scholarship for college.

Orayne Williams, who is set to graduate in a few weeks, received the award by excelling in school despite his circumstances. Originally from Jamaica, Williams currently resides in a Williamsburg shelter and has dealt with poverty for most of his life.

He will attend Sullivan County Community College, where he plans to study biology and psychology. Williams aspires to become a dermatologist and psychologist after school.

Williams hopes to become a mentor in the future as well. He says he hopes to reach out to students in similar situations, and let them know they can overcome them as he has.