Leonard Fournette helps LSU senior cover college tuition

Zach Pereles

Leonard Fournette is coming off a 1,040-yard, nine-touchdown rookie season with Jacksonville, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten about the people back at his alma mater, LSU. On Tuesday, the star running back offered to help cover the tuition of LSU fifth-year senior Jhane Garner.

Garner has two jobs and created a GoFundMe

On her GoFundMe page, Garner said that she works two jobs, which helps cover about $5,000 worth of college tuition. But as a fifth-year senior, she no longer receives aid from TOPS, a Louisiana program that provides scholarships for those attending public colleges or universities in the state.

I am raising money to fund my senior year of college. I will be a 5th year senior at LSU, meaning that I will no longer receive TOPS (due to TOPS being a 4 year college program) I have tried to apply for several loans but have gotten turned down for every single one. This means that I will have to pay for my tuition out of pocket. I am really in need and would appreciate any donation that is given. $1, $5…. anything helps! I’ve worked too hard & I’ve come to far to stop now!

Thank you to everyone in advance!

Fournette will be sending several thousand dollars Garner’s way

Garner had raised about $1,000 of her $5,000 goal when Fournette stepped in, and the donations have continued: As of early Wednesday morning, Garner had raised nearly $2,000.

It’s a really nice gesture from Fournette, not only to pay the money but also to dedicate a tweet to it, which certainly helped raise awareness of the campaign. The 23-year-old running back starred for the Tigers from 2014-16, rushing for over 3,800 yards and scoring 41 total touchdowns in Baton Rouge.

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Leonard Fournette is helping an LSU student pay for college. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Leonard Fournette is helping an LSU student pay for college. (AP Photo/John Raoux)