AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Malik Danley is like any other high school student who wants to go to college. But the question came up last summer of how was he going to pay to get there. And that's where the idea for the company CFE "Cutting for Education" came about.
Danley, an 11th-grade student at Aiken High School says, "It's important for me to help pay for college applications, SAT, ACT, things like that."
And now it's turned into a professional service. His initial summer goal was to raise around $500 but surprisingly he collected over $2,500. And some of his friends can't believe it. "My friends, they are very surprised about the stuff that I do. They don't believe it until I show them."
And his mentor, Brandon Upson, says his work reflects the type of person he is. "He's a self-motivated young man at the age of 16 he has as much wisdom and motivation as someone three times his age."
And due to the popularity of his services, he's landed two professional contracts with companies to cut their grass.
"He puts so much of himself into his work and it shows even to the point here at Aiken Personal services we gave him a deal so he can cut our grass," says Upson.
But Malik says it's embedded in his DNA not to be average. "It's just in me to be greater than everyone else."
Aside from having his own lawn mowing services, Malik is currently working on a novel that explains the different lifestyles of entrepreneurs, prisoners, and homeless people.