Her path to the Ivy League school has been unconventional. After leaving high school without graduating and without a place to live, she began working at a community center. She was encouraged to go back to school and eventually got her bachelor's degree.
Enter a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign that Morgan created herself. In her appeal, she wrote: "I'm an international student with an unconventional education path. There are no scholarships for people like me to attend Harvard University—probably because nobody ever expects people (formerly homeless with an unusual academic path/accomplished young professional, but too young to be considered mid-career) like me to attend a school like Harvard."
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While she said on the site that she would live on a park bench if she had to, her friends came up with the idea to turn to others for help.
"They said, 'this is incredible. We've seen all the work that you've done. Set up a crowdfunding campaign [and] we'll pitch in a few bucks.'," Morgan explained to CNBC. "I said, 'I'll need more than a few bucks'."
Actually, Morgan needed $71,000 for tuition and living expenses, to be exact. In the miracle of 21st century viral fundraising appeals, she's already exceeded her goal at a breathtaking pace, raising over $79,000 ($95,000 Canadian dollars) in the space of two months.
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GoFundMe spokesperson Kelsea Little called Morgan's campaign one of its largest educational campaigns of all time.
Morgan certainly isn't the first person to turn to crowdfunding to finance an education. Little said the site's education, schools and learning category is among its most popular, with educated-related campaigns having raised more than $26 million since GoFundMe launched in May, 2010.
For her part, Morgan is thankful she won't be leaving Harvard with a mountain of student debt. Because of that, she said she wants to devote her entire life to public service.
"I am definitely going to be in a much better position than even some of my classmates who I know have received some aid," she said. "They're going to paying off debt and I get to jump straight into the work force, and do that work without that burden of debt."
—CNBC's Donna Burton contributed to this report.