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Through Trauma, They Triumphed: Meet the New York Times College Scholarship Winners

Just one year ago, while serving chai lattes and gluten-free waffles to customers at one of Manhattan’s trendiest cafes, McKenna Montgomery was living on secret cups of soup.

Ms. Montgomery used her cafe wages to keep herself and her father afloat. Living in poverty and surrounded by drug use, she battled hunger and depression.

“I’d have to go days without eating because I couldn’t afford to buy food,” she said. “So I would get to work, and the first thing I would do is p

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