Hello, my name is Lilybeth Hernandez. I'm
20 years old and live in East Los Angeles. I have the opportunity to attend New
York University this Fall to study Global Public Health with a focus on Food
I was accepted last year but had to defer
my enrollment because I don’t have the tuition. It wasn’t an ideal situation,
as I would learn while researching scholarships, loans, grants, and fellowships
and coming up empty. Deferred Status creates a loop. Because I’m neither a high
school student or first year college student, I’m ineligible to apply to a
majority of scholarships and grants. I have no credit history and my family
doesn’t meet certain requirements, so loans have been denied. But despite these
circumstances, it’s a decision I stand behind and in hindsight beneficial in so
many ways. A few years ago, Public Health wasn’t even a consideration. “Health”
to me meant doctors and nurses and this is from someone who has a genetic condition
because of gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina, a metabolic disorder.
past year has been crucial to my development; the experience of working as a
community liaison for Public Matters
and the UCLA-USC Center for Population
Health and Health Disparities addressing healthy food access and awareness has become
the foundation for what I want to study and eventually do with my life.
I know this field I want to study and
work in will be challenging. New York City and NYU will be challenging. And I’m
excited. I’m so curious about what it’s like to live on the East Coast and have
seasons, where I might get my morning cup of coffee, how long it will take to
get from one building to another. I want to be at NYU. It’s where I need to be.
But I’m going to need help getting there.
I need to raise $30,000 for my enrollment
this fall. Please sponsor me. Donations of any amount will be processed through
GoFundMe. I give you my promise that your help will not be wasted and that you’ll
hear from me about my studies and experiences and will be forever grateful for
any assistance you can provide.
Here are links to the work I’ve been doing: http://bit.ly/14Z3iWp