Fatima FofanaHoward University
Dear family and friends, My name is Lailah Fofana, I am currently a graduating senior at Howard University. I have a chance to win $500 to help pay my tuition. I need 8 to 10 family members or friends to donate as little as $5 to help me qualify to win $500. Your donation vouches for my dedication to earn my degree. By earning this scholarship and receiving your donation, I am empowered to graduate with far less student loan debt. My major is communications with a concentration on mass media; my minor is business administration. I am currently on the Dean's List with a 3.4 GPA; last semester I earned a 4.0 semester cumulative average. Over the summer, I was in an internship program at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Maryland. I worked in the marketing and communications department. Currently, I am active in the African Students Association and the California Club. Last year, I competed against students all over the country and was selected as an intern in the prestigious American Express internship program here in Washington, D.C. I am the very first student from Howard to accomplish this goal. My experience at Howard has been AMAZING! I have learned and grown so much in three short years, and I feel confident that upon graduation I will be well prepared to pursue my goals. Thank you so much in advance for your donation!! All the best, Lailah
Terrance TillisonHoward University
My name is Terrance. I have already completed my first year of college here at Howard University. Unfortunately, I am forced to ask for assistance with my school tuition this year, due to financial hardship. I’m seeking $11,000 to pay off a balance owed to the housing department to continue working on my Master of Social Work degree at Howard University. As you will see from my unofficial college transcripts before transferring to Howard University I attended Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) where I maintained a 3.3 grade point average. I take my education seriously. What you will not see reflected in those transcripts is my personal situation, which I need to share with you. After my first year at Howard University I finished with a 1.80 grade point average. As a parent of four beautiful children, I must work full-time while attending school, to stay afloat. During summer vacation, I received limited hours at my job, struggling to make ends meet. In an attempt to provide for my family and pay for school I took on another job but barely stayed afloat and suffered severely in school. This personal financial hardship is the reason I am writing you this letter. Completing my education and earning a degree is very important to me. With the help of you, family, friends, PYT Inc. and applying for student financial aid and scholarships; I feel I can still accomplish my goals and provide a good example for my children to follow. I must admit I wanted to give-up, but quitting is not an option. I accept full responsibility for my performance at Howard University, but please do not allow my past performance dictate your decision to provide assistance with attaining my goal of graduating from Howard University School of Social Work. After completion of my Social Work degree I will continue to assist with the development of others on an individual and community level.
Nadiefa LattibeaudiereUniversity of Bridgeport
My Name is Nadiefa Lattibeaudiere I live in Kingston Jamaica. I have been trying for over 3 years to start my Masters Degree. Before I started the application process a family member offered to be my sponsor however, upon receiving acceptance he told me that he is not in a position to help. I started researching student loans and found out that I could get a private loan from an American Bank if I have a Credit Worthy US cosigner. I have been actively trying to get someone to cosign my student loan but without much success. I even write to the Government of Jamaica asking for assistance but did not get a response. I am from a small low income family in rural Jamaica where I rise above my circumstances and worked and study hard to complete my Associate and Bachelors Degree while working a full-time Job. I am a hard working and dedicated young lady that continues to strive for excellence. Education is very important to me, which is why I encourage and offer assistance to young people trying to pursue their education. I was offered admission to Florida International University on three(3) occasions to pursue a Masters In International Business. It was my dream to attend FIU however due to the financial requirements I had try a different alternative. I was recently offered admission to University of Bridgeport in Connecticut to pursue a MBA with concentration is International Business. I am still trying to find a sponsor or a cosigner for my student. If given the opportunity to start my Graduate studies in January 2016 I would be forever greatful. Thanks & Regards, Nadiefa Lattibeaudiere
Jamie FritzeTowson University
My name is Jaime and I could really use your help. I am a 36-year old college student who wants to obtain a doctorate degree. I graduate in June with my AA in General Studies and still have so long to go! I'm taking a gap year, but need to start paying off my loans now to reduce interest. Here are some key points about me and my educational goals: Have a 3.8 GPA, with all 4.0 course grades since returning to college in 2013 Graduating with AA degree in June 2016 Transferring to a 4-year college with the ultimate goal of obtaining doctorate in Audiology Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Named to Dean's List for several semesters Inwardly motivated, driven, committed, ambitious student and administrative professional Learning American Sign Language Not qualified for Pell Grant and many scholarships/grants Total expected cost of education is at least $100,000, which does not include living expenses I am an ambitious, non-traditional college student just 3 classes away from graduating with an AA degree. My next step is a bachelors and then a clinical doctorate in Audiology. I am also including coursework in American Sign Language and diversity. Currently, I have a 3.78 GPA, have been named to the dean's list several semesters, and am a member of Phi Theta Kappa. My Educational Plan I am three classes away from finishing my AA in General Studies. In the Fall of 2013, I went back to college to complete my AA, a necessary step to ensure my previously earned credits transfer to a four year university. This is just the first step in a long journey. After graduation from community college, the next step is transfer to a four year university to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The last step is the longest leg of my journey - a clinical doctorate in Audiology. I am looking at 6 to 8 more years of college, but am excited for and committed to the path before me. Why Help Me? Help me make a difference. Help me to change lives. Help me to graduate from college and become the only person in my immediate family to do so. As an audiologist, I will be able to help a mother hear her baby say their first words, enable a husband to hear his wife of decades say "I love you” again, allow a child with hearing loss thrive in school, provide the means for a police officer to protect his hearing on the firing range, treat vertigo, or provide relief to a tinnitus sufferer. My focus will see outside of clinical practice to the political, legal, logistic, and societal challenges faced by audiologists and their patients. Financially, this degree choice is an expensive undertaking. To date, I have not qualified for the Pell Grant or much in the way of institutional and private scholarships and grants. I have had to bridge the gap with student loans. This gap will be much larger when I become a graduate student. Once I graduate with my doctorate, I will be heavily in student loan debt. Right now, I am working full time (I've been in my position for 8 years) and focusing on paying off my car and other bills and sending aside a rainy day fund in preparation for the inevitability of reduced income as I advance my education. Audiology doctorate programs are full time, demanding, and competitive. Working full time will not be an option. My Aspirations for the Future At 35 years old, this is a tremendous leap of faith; however, I am determined and focused. I'm older than Audiologists who have been practicing for 10 years, but I have finally found my calling. After several years working for an audiology practice, I know what I want to be when I grow up. As an audiologist, I want to: Raise awareness about the social, emotional, and cognitive effects of hearing loss on the elderly Help those with tinnitus, dizziness, and adult onset hearing loss Advocate for proper hearing protection to prevent noise induced hearing loss Stress the importance of baseline and routine audiologic evaluations as part of a preventative health program Help musicians with their unique and demanding audiologic, noise protection, and listening needs Ensure that children with hearing loss succeed and thrive Be a resource for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, an audiologist they can trust to help with their specific needs and who understands that Deaf is an identity and a culture Give back to the profession through participation with national and local academies Do pro-bono audiologic care for at risk populations About Me I started my education after high school, taking one class per semester. My ex-husband and I were married when I was 23. Shortly thereafter, he was injured in an accident and I was forced to stop taking classes to care for him and work a part-time job. Eventually my ex returned to work and I planned to return to college to finish my business management degree. Before I had the chance, my marriage ended under sudden and traumatic circumstances and my life was thrown into financial and emotional turmoil. I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and fought hard to dig myself out of the rubble that was left after my divorce. During that time, I was diagnosed with a chronic health condition that makes life a little interesting, but doesn’t slow me down. I know this isn't a unique tale, but I am proud of how far I have come in 5 short years. It was during that time that I made the decision to change my educational goals and pursue a career as an Audiologist. My biggest cheerleader is my fiancé. He supports my educational and professional goals 100%. On July 5, 2014 he nearly died from severe bilateral pulmonary embolism, but together we made the decision that I should continue with my education. I started the Fall 2014 semester on time. There were times I was doing homework at a hospital bedside or in a doctor’s waiting room, but I never missed a single assignment deadline or class and achieved straight A’s. I'm telling you about me and my journey so that you might understand how committed and motivated I am to my goal of becoming an Audiologist. I don't want pity, but rather to give you a glimpse of who you would be helping by donating to this campaign. I've had to overcome a lot to get where I am today and refuse to let myself down. I am an optimistic realist who understands exactly what I have signed up for. I have a strong work ethic, passion for learning, and intense motivation to succeed. With or without assistance, my educational and professional goals Thank you for your consideration. The generosity of donors like you make an astronomical difference for students like me. Rest assured that an investment in my future will be used to its maximum potential and is appreciated more than mere words could ever convey.
Francina AkuazaokuHoward University
Dear family and friends, My name is Francina Akuazaoku , I am currently a graduating senior. I have a chance to win $500 to help pay my tuition. I need 8 to 10 family members or friends to donate as little as $5 to help me qualify to win $500. Your donation vouches for my dedication to earn my degree. By earning this scholarship and receiving your donation, I am empowered to graduate with far less student loan debt. As an update and confirmation I am: Currently enrolled at Howard University. My major is TV Productions and my minor is Theater Tech. GPA - 3.2 I've interned at WHUR radio station and I am currently Interning at Voice of America. I've also participated in several community service projects such as Bison Run Clothes Drive, Lupus foundation walk,Children's hospital blood drive, etc. I'm pretty "tech savy" for the most part for the fact that I vb am knowledgable in different software editing program's. I enjoy producing and directing short films. At my current internship, I actually assist in on two programs. I also enjoying being in front of the camera. Acting is a fun part of what I love to do as well.
Arpita VatsBoston University
I belong to a lower middle class family, it was my dream to continue my study in USA as i am having background i computer Science so i wanted to give society as much i can With a strong academic background in Computer Science and a passion for this innovative field, I am now resolved to take the next natural step in pursuing my academic and career goals by acquiring a graduate level education in Computer Science. My objectives for this particular level of study include enhancement of my technical knowledge, strengthening of my analytical skills and opening of newer avenues of specializations in the field subsequently. My current interest areas in the field include Software Engineering, Database Management System and Artificial Intelligence. My short term goal is to acquire practical experience post my graduate studies in order to continuously develop my skills and contribute to the field in the long term. I am a self-motivated individual, committed to realizing my potential in life. I am driven by a positive attitude and the rationality in my approach rarely lets me down. My academic background has helped me develop strong reasoning and analytical skills. I hereby, thank you for considering my application and hope that you will give me an opportunity to live this dream and let me become a part of this excellent academic milieu.
Johnnie MorrisMorehouse College
Hello, My name is Johnnie Morris, a rising sophomore, English major from North Florida. My current combined GPA for both the fall and spring semester is 3.22. Although, my GPA may not exist as the ideal GPA I did my best to earn it. I started my freshman year by taking on 17 credit hours, at a school where the average freshman only takes 15. In addition, most of my courses were general education courses, and most were STEM courses, which we know can be rigorous. I also balanced the emotions of not being home and being in a new environment. However, this did not make me lose focus on my main goal while there. This has taught me to become more aware and have a plan for anything. My new plan includes studying more, visiting teachers during office hours and networking with my fellow course-mates. As you may know, college can be very expensive, with that being said, me and my family cannot take the full burden of paying my college tuition. Both my parents try very hard to make sure that I have what I need, they have done this every since I started school as a toddler. In addition, me and my family have faced many adversities, in which I cannot mention at this moment. My dream of attending and graduating from a 4-year college/university has always been a present one, I am the first person in my immediate family to do so. This dream would really make my family proud and affect us in a tremendous way. My future plans after college are to attend a tier one law school and receive my law degree. Furthermore, I plan to practice law for the rest of my life and exist as a change agent withing the communities of America and the rest of the world. In conclusion, I would like to say thank you to those who are able to help me financially, and for those who are not able, I ask that you say a special prayer for me, my family and as we take this journey. Thank you,
Daeja TreherneOld Dominion University
My father passed away from cancer and I now live with my mother who has 3 other children. The ceiling at our old house collapsed which caused us to move and then we lost everything we had. I got accepted into Old Dominion University and I plan to major in psychology. I chose ODU because it is close to home and being the oldest of 4, I want to be able to help out and support my family. My father was big on me receiving a great education and I want to be able to make that happen. I have very strong grades, I received honor roll my whole senior year and I plan to continue my academic success when I attend ODU in the fall. I am a hard-working and dedicated student. After college, I plan to go back and receive my masters, and then my PhD so that I can own my own practice. My goal is $2500 over the next 30 days so that I can be matched half of my tuition bill to start me off. Lastly, my plan to give back is by doing community service, supporting my local charities, and also supporting the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Thank you to my supporters.