Earlier this month I applied for the Point Foundation Scholarship which has several parts to it. I'll find out sometime in April if I make the finals, unless I'm cut sooner. I'm collecting my information now for that and eagerly awaiting if I made it on to the next round.
Health news... Sadly this isn't good news. I've been doing progressively worse and worse but I'm planning on seeing another Rheumatologist sometime in January for a second opinion because I don't think that this pain is as a result of a medication I've taken all my life. Being off of it has severely hurt my immune system and left me crippled over the last month. I'm hoping to get a more in depth appointment and more tests to help figure out what exactly is plaguing me. I've been feeling defeated lately with how aggressive the pain is but I'm trying to push through until the time I see another doctor and hopefully answers will be on my horizon.
Now for some wonderful news. As I stated before, I was discouraged from pursuing Independence and told that few receive it. This year, I was encouraged to try but warned again that it's not something they give to everyone who applies, even those in very desperate situations. Last Thursday I received the email and today a confirmation that I have indeed been awarded Financial Independence! This is the best Christmas present. I'm beyond words to describe my joy as this will take off stress and open doors for state grants and more loans through Pitt. If I win the Point Foundation Scholarship, than my worries will be eased almost completely besides that of test stress. Everyone who heard my call for help and came to me with love and support, thank you. I don't know where I would be without those I connected with through the fund, my friends, and my boyfriend's loving family. This is a prayer answered.
So to all, as always, thank you and have a beautiful holiday season with your loved ones and the happiest of New Years.
I've been updating since August regarding my independent status. Finally I have received all necessary documentation to send in to the financial office. They are printed and waiting and will be faxed on Monday. Keep your fingers crossed that its approved!!
It's very exciting and I'm hoping to do this on the side while I work at other places.
As for my health, It's the not so good news. I'm still struggling a lot with energy, joint pain, insomnia, etc. I'll need all your prayers for next semester that my health will remain somewhat stable and won't interfere too much with my schedule. Again, fingers crossed.
I will update when health/Financial status changes.
As always thank you for your love and support. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and will have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you!
I had my doctor appointment on November 7th. The Rheumatologist thought that I might have had a false positive for Arthritis as a result of asthma medication I've been on since I was around 4 years old (singulair). I've been taken off of it and will be retested in 6 months to rule out my medicine as a cause of these problems. Hopeful that it's just the medication.
Today, for the first time and probably last time in my life, I was excited to received a bill for thousands of dollars. The reality that I will be heading back to Pitt seems all the more real. With the bill also comes an intense wave of gratitude I feel for all of you who have supported me with kind words and through the fund. I can't thank you all enough for this. It has been a truly humbling experience.
Also, I am entered in a scholarship that you've probably seen other college kids posting about on Facebook. The top five students who receive the most votes are granted 5,000 from Dr. Pepper. I would be immensely grateful if you could vote for me and spread the link to family and friends. http://www.drpeppertuition.com/profile/100000440661940
Hi everyone! Thought I'd make an update since it's been a while.
My semester at Community college is going well. I have an A+ in all my classes. (I actually have a midterm tonight so fingers crossed that I do well). I've contacted my adviser a few weeks ago and set up my scheduling appointment for the spring semester. I'm looking forward to continuing my education at Pitt.
On a financial note, I'm still working, and I'm gathering my information to send into the financial aid office for an override so I can get more loans through the school.
And on a personal note...For many years I've dealt with painful aches in my body, especially my back, neck, and hands. The problem was getting worse and worse and I finally went to the doctor to see what was going on. I got the test results back yesterday and I tested positive for Arthritis. The last couple of weeks have been difficult in school as I tried to take tests when my fingers felt like cement. I made an appointment for November 7th, the day after my birthday actually, to see a rheumatologist. Lately my migraines have increased in frequency because of severe neck pain and I'm really hoping I can get my body on a healthier level and not feel so sick all the time. Hoping for the best.
On a happier note, my writing is going well. I've had off days where my migraines or joint pain was too much for me to write but I'm making huge progress in my book. I'm hoping that before my birthday I can finish editing and send it on for review before looking into publication. On my really bad days the thought of writing and publishing have given me hope and motivation to push through whatever I'm dealing with.
And as always to those who donated and who continue donating, thank you.
Update...so I'm still working on the independent form. Hoping all goes well when I have collected all the necessary requirements and that I am granted it. This basically means the university would grant me the necessary loans that I couldn't get otherwise. It is near impossible to get an independent override. I had contacted Pitt financial aid last week and haven't heard back regarding some questions I had...hoping by the time I submit that I will have heard from them.
My classes are starting soon at CC and again I would like to reiterate how much I appreciate the support I have received.
As a side note/big dream of mine...I have been writing stories since the age of 11 and wrote a 626 page story a couple years ago. This novel is my baby. I've cut down the pages and continue to edit it with the hopes of getting it published in the next few years. If/when it is published I would like to have the acknowledgements/dedication be to all those who have donated and supported my education. Again, if/when that time comes anyone who has donated can have their name if they so wish. I've always had big dreams and am working toward accomplishing this one
When I started my GoFundMe I was not anticipating to reach my goal. To all those who donated and sent me kind messages of love, encouragement, and compassion, thank you. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you. I will be returning to Pitt in the Spring. Someday I hope to pay this forward and am determined to do so.
Currently I am filling out paperwork to be considered independent financially at Pitt. Please keep your fingers crossed and send your prayers my way that Pitt grants this. That would help me get loans for my remaining years at Pitt.
I plan on keeping this page up for the next couple of months as I go through this process and will update any and all changes to my student/financial status. Any money that is donated beyond my goal will be used for school my junior and senior year.
It's hard to believe I'm almost at my goal. Thank you to all who donated and have shared this!
So life update, I've been busy with my new job. It's great experience. Pitt was supposed to call me sometime this week regarding financial independence. Still waiting on the call. When I get that info I'll post it.
Hope everyone is having a good day :).
So I spent some time editing my novel today. Hoping to have that done before I start at community that's not really a fund update but more of a fun update.
Monday starts my new job!
And once again thank you to all who have donated and given me your support!
Hope everyone has/had a great start to their weekend!
Hey everyone, I've received this question quite a few times. I don't know how my story went viral. All my attempts to reach LGBT resources and anyone else who I thought might help didn't get any attention. I'm not sure how the first journalist picked up the story, if someone shared it with him or he was simply browsing the site and found it. It's a mystery to me as well. I had tremendous support from my Facebook friends. Most were aware that this had happened to me last year and came to support me by sharing it and trying to give me help. I was just very lucky.
Hope everyone is having a nice day! I'm working on responding to messages now so if you contacted me I will hopefully get back to you today!
Hello everyone! My phone died while I was in the city today and in heading to bed soon. It's been a busy day. I was hired for a job today that is seasonal/temp I guess you could say but that's fine by me for now just to have something else besides my cleaning job. Tomorrow is my skype call with Pitt Financial aid so fingers crossed I can finally get some answers and help with emancipation and whatnot. Hope everyone had a nice day and thank you to those who donated today. H2P!
Hey everyone. If you have sent me a message I will respond, don't worry. I have more emails than I can count right now.
For some good news- I was contacted by Pitt's financial aid department regarding emancipation and will be getting guidance on the subject later this week.
Hey guys! I wanted to thank you all again for all of your wonderful support. I am still working diligently to verify my sources so that all of you can feel more secure that you're donations aren't going to a scam. It has been very difficult for me to verify my story due to reporters publishing the story before ever speaking to me or anyone around me. Many reporters have simply copied and pasted what they've seen in other articles without bothering to check with me and those around me who are familiar with my situation. This has been very frustrating for me, and I imagine it has been frustrating for many of you as well. I am eternally grateful to those of you who have supported me thus far and I hope all of you have amazing lives. You have helped put wonderful and positive energy into this world and I hope it comes back to each and every one of you. I also hope to give as much back to the world as soon as possible and pay your kindness forward.
I submitted myself to Ellen regarding her Students in Need. It would be great if you guys could nominate me too! The more people nominating, the more likely it will be seen by Ellen. http://www.ellentv.com/be-on-the-show/433/
As for verification, many places are closed for the weekend and I wont be able to get verified at the community college until Monday.
So I just wanted to clarify a few things.
I applied to the point foundation in the spring and made it to the Semi-Finals but didn't make it to the final round.
There were a lot of scholarships I looked into but I didn't qualify for many and those i tried to apply to never went anywhere.
I did go to Pitt's Financial aid (they couldnt do much for me) and was discouraged from pursuing Emancipation but I may look into it again.
I am doing a lot of interviews and hoping for some verification soon.
Update: I was let go from work today. The reason I was given was that they overhired and it came from the top down to let the new people go. It was my major source of income.
A thank you to the Donor who gave 5,000. GoFundMe had problems with your information and took it away, but i wanted to thank you for your help.
Hey Y'all, I'm off to work right now, but I was contacted by reporters to get verification about various things. Hopefully this will show the truth and will finally be 100% verified. I appreciate all of the help and donations that have already come in immensely. You are all such wonderful people and I'm blessed that so many of you have found it in your hearts to chip in to help me.
I want to thank everyone for the Incredible support I have received. It means a lot to me. When I started this I thought I would maybe get a little to cover books but never thought it would even get this far...I'm speechless. Thank you.
Many friends and acquaintances have messaged me concerned by rude and sometimes cruel comments on the news story. Let me set some things straight...I see a lot of assumptions and misinformation. I feel like many have read the story but a good deal only saw this as some gimmick to get money.
1. I do work as already stated. I also worked during my freshman year. I have two jobs this summer.with hours going over 40.
2. My boyfriend is trans. My parents take issue with this. So many are claiming that I am straight and this is just my attempt to make a fake gay story for money.
3. Regardless of if I am dating him or anyone else in the LGBT community I am still gay. Being in a "straight" relationship does not take away my sexuality.
4. I did not openly come out. My father went through my mail. This would be the second instance of it happening.
5. There are a lot of events regarding me and my parents that have not been talked about in the article. Back story basically. Since very little details have been shared it's hard to grasp the full picture.
6. I was in therapy for a year in High school. I needed to talk to someone mostly about my situation at home and also other problems in my life like harassment I was facing at school. I asked my mom for over a year for this but she refused. It wasn't until an argument between my father and I that he kicked me out of the house when I was 17. When my partner's mother (at the time), confronted them over the texts he sent me, they apologized and said it was a misunderstanding and let me come back. It wasn't until this time that I was finally allowed to talk to a therapist. Most of our sessions were about dealing with what it was like at home and having a safe place to express those feelings.
7. I have called my financial aid office and have discussed the situation with people at Pitt before, multiple times. There was never much they could do except tell me to apply to scholarships and see the counselors at Pitt. I did both.
8. I did apply to the Point Foundation and made it to the semi final round but did not make it past that stage. I applied for little scholarships and this and that but never got anything.
Again thank you for your support for my education.
My name is Kate, I'm nineteen, and I'm a student at the University of Pittsburgh. I worked extremely hard in high school and managed to earn a 4.1 GPA. In College, I made the Dean's List for academic excellence during both the fall and spring semester.
Unfortunately, a week before my first year of college started, my father went through my mail and found out that I am gay. My family, including extended family, is extremely homophobic. After they found out, my parents cut me off financially and I am no longer living with them. They are both unwilling and unable to cosign loans on my behalf. I have searched extensively, but I have been unable to find any loans which don't require a cosigner.
Due to my inability to cover an entire year of tuition, I have decided to spend the fall semester at a community college in the area I am currently living. I have some money saved up from my summer job and a $6500 school loan which will be used toward the second semester, but I still need about $15,000 on top of that in order to make it through this school year. I'm one of three people renting a house for the year with a monthly rent, and I also need to have money for food. I have asthma and allergies which require several medications monthly in order to maintain my health. Most of the money I make at work is going toward rent for this semester and my classes at the community college.
Going to Pitt is a dream of mine and I couldn't bear the thought of not being able to stay there. I am majoring in English and History and minoring in German with the hope of becoming a novelist. I will be immensly grateful if your contributions allow me to stay at Pitt. I'm praying every day for a miracle to help make this possible.
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