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WHITEHAVEN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Four years ago in 2008 Victoria Young secured more than $2 million in college scholarships as part of the "Million Dollar Class" at Whitehaven High School.

Young's now a college graduate, from Duke University no less, and is aiming to give kids in her community the same head start she had.

Young's non-profit company, Visionaries, Inc., is trying to help kids get into college and graduate with little to no student loan debt.

FOX13 News first met Young in 2008, when she was working to get into college. She scored over 30 on her ACT, applied to more than 40 universities, and secured more than $2 million in college scholarships.

"I'm not really worried about anyone else," she said in 2008. "I do it for me."

But now Young is worried about others. The Duke University graduate is now studying to get her masters in education. Somehow, in her free time, she formed Visionaries, Inc., with five other Whitehaven High graduates.

"We have the expertise, we have the knowledge to help other people," she said. "If anyone can speak to financial aid, if anyone can speak to the daunting college admissions process, we are the ones that are able to do it."

The Pipeline event is scheduled for Jan. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Whitehaven High and is open to all juniors and seniors looking for help applying for college admission and scholarships.

Whitehaven High Principal Dr. Vincent Hunter is happy to have the help of these alums.

"Who doesn't need money?," Dr. Hunter said. "I mean, who doesn't need funding? It's definitely a need because sometimes people in the community aren't really aware of all the avenues for funding."

Whitehaven High graduates have racked up nearly $163 million in scholarships in the last five years. Young wants to help add to that total.

"I believe that helping is my purpose," Young said. "I think that's something everyone should want to do. At the end of my life, I want to be able to say, 'Did I give everything of me to help someone else?'"

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