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FSU Helps Student

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Max Haney isn't your ordinary FSU Student. He started school in 2003, but had to leave school when his father died unexpectedly on a family vacation.

Haney decided to quit school to take over the family business. He said two weeks after his father passed he was sitting in his dad's office unsure of what to do.

That's when the call came in from then President of FSU, T.K. Wetherell.

Haney said, "He gets on the pone and says Max, my condolences. I think what you're doing is a good thing... Manning up for your family"

T.K then told Haney he would withdraw him from school and refund his tuition.. under one condition. He had to come back to FSU and finish.

Haney said, "as soon as I got off the phone I was bawling like a child."

This spring Haney, who is now 27, was ready to take T.K. up on the offer, but T.K. was no longer president and he wasn't sure if the offer still stood. It did.

After nearly 6 years Max Haney is back on the same campus where his grandmother and father went carrying on the same traditions of becoming an FSU graduate.

We spoke to T.K. Wetherell on the phone. He said, "I just had a feeling that it was going to happen again. He was that dedicated and I guess I wish I was there to shake his hand when he walks across the stage in a year."

Haney got a tattoo to remind himself of his dad, he said he likes to think he's made him proud. TK couldn't agree more.

Haney is currently studying business, and hopes to land in the competitive entrepreneurship program.


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