When James Montgomery III joined Northwestern University’s Men’s Basketball team, he didn’t have the luxury of having his tuition paid for like other members of his team.

But on Thursday, he got a wonderful surprise. Head Coach Chris Collins awarded the player a full ride for all of his hard work.

“He comes everyday, he has as much energy as anybody on the team, he’s always talking, he’s our best defender,….because of that James is gonna be put on full scholarship,” Collins announced.

Watch Montgomery’s reaction to the news here:

Hard work does pay off! AND Northwestern University at that!

Congratulations to James for all of his work and dedication.