Drake showed up to present her with the check after reading an essay she submitted to receive a scholarship a year ago.
"It was very shocking to even be that close to someone like Drake and for him to tell me, 'I've heard your story, I've read so many great things about you, "said James".
Destiny James, who is originally from Denmark, SC, received a $50,000 scholarship from the celebrity to pursue her college education.
It was her past scholarship essays, highlighting the hardship of growing up in a low-income, single-parent home, that had spurred the singer to help pay for James' tuition, The State reported.
Before leaving, Drake donated $25,000 and announced that all students will be supplied with uniforms he designed with his clothing label, OVO.
"The next thing you know, you got the crowd of students and a couple of alumni going insane when he got the music playing while recording", Miami Senior High alumnus Edgar Grant Santiago said in a message after going to the school to see the performer. The track broke records for both Spotify and Apple Music, and it has been streamed over 14 million times since its release last month. Both songs are included in Drake's upcoming album Scary Hours.
Despite the apparent mixed reaction to the song from some fans, it appears Drake's "God's Plan" will become one of Drake' most successful songs to date.
The music producer also teamed up with Migos in the group's song "Deadz" and Kendrick Lamar for his track "GOD".