But after the video of him masterfully playing "Come Sail Away" was picked up by a local news station, which dug into his backstory, Gould received a scholarship worth more than $30,000 from his former college: Spring Arbor University.
“Offering him the scholarship was an easy decision," remarked Malachi Crane, vice president for enrollment and marketing at SAU, in a statement to USA Today.
“We have seen countless students and lives impacted by the transformational education we provide and know that Donald has a unique gift for music that he can use to change lives,” Crane added.
To help Gould stay on the right path and off the streets, Spring Arbor University, which is a Christian institution, will also be providing Gould a Christian life coach, in addition to the scholarship.
And to top things off, Gould was given a complete makeover, including his first shave and haircut in 18 months.