Minnesota Bridge-Collapse Hero Offered Free College Tuition

The school that Jeremy Hernandez recently left because he couldn't afford the tuition has offered to pay his way.

Remember Jeremy Hernandez, the 20-year-old camp counselor whose heroic actions saved the lives of 61 children and fellow counselors during the tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis last week?

It seems that amazing deeds like his don’t go unnoticed — or unrewarded.

Some accounts of Hernandez’s story mentioned the sad fact that the young man had recently dropped out of the automotive-mechanic program at the Dunwoody School of Technology because he couldn’t afford the annual $15,000 tuition. When alumni and staff members at Dunwoody read about Hernandez’s incredible act of bravery, they went straight to school officials, pleading for their help.

“Universally, they said we need to do something for this guy,” Dave Jarzyna, a Dunwoody spokesman, told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.  “We’re going to make sure that if he wants to come to Dunwoody, he’ll have the resources to do that.”

So the school has made a generous offer: They’ve agreed to give Hernandez a full scholarship for the remainder of his time in the program.

In an email, school officials sang his praises: “Jeremy Hernandez is a hero. His quick thinking and composure in an emergency and commitment to the children in his care have inspired us all.”

No word yet on whether Hernandez plans to head back to Dunwoody, but if he does, he’ll have his work cut out for him: Asfar as his teachers are concerned, he’s already at the top of the class.