Akintunde Ahmad's College Fund

$3,721 of $100k goal

Raised by 83 people in 32 months
Akintunde Ahmad  OAKLAND, CA


My name is Akintunde Ahmad, and I am a senior at Oakland Technical High School. I am aware that many of you have heard about my story recently in the news. It is true, I am headed to one of the nations top universities, although I have not yet decided which one. However, at these schools my expected family contribution is still in the range of $17,000 to $28,000. That is why I would greatly appreciate any donations, as many people have expressed that they would like to help me with college tuition in any possible way. Below is a little excerpt that I wrote about myself and my experiences growing up in Oakland. 

On January 13, 2013, an all too common event in Oakland, California hit home, my home. My brother, 20 years old at the time, asked if I wanted to accompany him to our god-sister's 25th birthday party. I told him that I could not go because I had an essay to finish for my honors English class. So he and my three family friends proceeded to the party. From my house, I could hear the shots, a daily echo heard throughout east Oakland. Each time I hear them, I pray that my family and friends are not on the receiving end of those bullets, but this time my prayers were not answered. At around 9, roughly five minutes after hearing the distant echoes, I got a call from my god-sister saying that all four of them had been shot multiple times. Luckily, all of them survived their injuries, but if it weren't for me staying home to do my homework, I may not have been so lucky. After this unfortunate event, I began to have a new outlook towards life. While this event could have deterred me from pursuing my goal of successfully completing college, I used this to fuel my desire for my higher education. I am the type of person that tries to find a positive message or lesson from everything, no matter how negative things may seem. The inconvenient truth is that seemingly catastrophic events such as this are actually quite normal for African American men in Oakland to experience, whether directly or through a family member. What makes me unique is how I responded to the event. I didn't seek revenge, or engage in a fit of rage that would further contribute to the violence in our city. Instead I realized that school directly saved my life, and education is truly the key to my success. My previously strong relationship with academics was further fortified because I felt that there was a message being sent to me that night; I am destined to do great things with my education. Not just for myself, but for my community. I do not plan to forget my past and leave the city that raised me behind. Instead, I will make Oakland a more positive place, with more positive outlets for young men and women, so that events like this become less common in Oakland. I am serious about making this change, and this school year, I began my education with a stronger desire for excellence, earning a 5.0 for the first marking period of my senior year. I plan to become a role model for generations to come, proving that Oakland can produce successful leaders of our future.

Thank you in advance, 

Akintunde Ahmad
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Marlon Lafayette
13 months ago

Hey Akintunde!!! Just read your story and its inspiring!! I'm from Flint MI So I know all too well the perils of the streets. I relate to everything you mentioned in your story... You're on tune with the universe. Stay that way and continue to press forward.

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Jennifer Johns
31 months ago

Hey there- I'm not really ballin... but I would perform at a fundraiser for you :) I bet a ton of artists would! you are an inspiration! Know that The Town is rooting for you! keep us posted! They better give you a full ride and fellowships. Prayerfully the money you raise here will be to fly your family out when its time to move in!!! GO!!!

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Nicky Witte
32 months ago

You've accomplished so much! Be proud of yourself and keep striving for your goals. No matter which career path you choose, You will do well. Just don't lose your spirit, empathy, and your drive. Best of luck to you.

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Kineth Urans
32 months ago

You're AMAZING!

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Jevon Smooth
32 months ago

You have the blessings of a people behind you. Move forward and prepare to conquer what's to come.

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Dynasty Yagirldy
32 months ago

awesome. we are proud of you and we support you! the world is yours. =)

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$3,721 of $100k goal

Raised by 83 people in 32 months
Created April 07, 2014
$20
Anonymous
18 months ago
DR
$200
David Roth
20 months ago

Keep up the amazing work!

$75
Anonymous
20 months ago
RD
$200
Robert Diaz
21 months ago

Hey man, Read about what you're doing with your life, the choices you continue to make and just want you to know how inspiring you are. I am someone who didn't come from a lot but had made a great life for myself through hard work and a pursuit of a better life. I will continue to help you when I can. Going to Yale ? Heck yes!!! Amazing. Enjoy all college. All of it. Stay in the moment and God bless. Your friend Rob from L.A.

BM
$25
Brian Morse
21 months ago

Keep up the great work. I am going to share this link on my website Millionstwoone.com, the Largest African Business Directory in the world and on my social media pages. Very proud of you.

DR
$40
Diana Ramon
21 months ago

Much love to you young brother. Reach beyond the stars for there you will shine.

JC
$120
Jerika Coleman
24 months ago

No person should be denied an education because they cannot afford it, and those who work hard should be rewarded. I wish that I could donate more, but I'm trying to pay for college myself.

$500
Anonymous
26 months ago
CA
$20
Celina Andrade
29 months ago
$20
Anonymous
30 months ago
Marlon Lafayette
13 months ago

Hey Akintunde!!! Just read your story and its inspiring!! I'm from Flint MI So I know all too well the perils of the streets. I relate to everything you mentioned in your story... You're on tune with the universe. Stay that way and continue to press forward.

+ Read More
Jennifer Johns
31 months ago

Hey there- I'm not really ballin... but I would perform at a fundraiser for you :) I bet a ton of artists would! you are an inspiration! Know that The Town is rooting for you! keep us posted! They better give you a full ride and fellowships. Prayerfully the money you raise here will be to fly your family out when its time to move in!!! GO!!!

+ Read More
Nicky Witte
32 months ago

You've accomplished so much! Be proud of yourself and keep striving for your goals. No matter which career path you choose, You will do well. Just don't lose your spirit, empathy, and your drive. Best of luck to you.

+ Read More
Kineth Urans
32 months ago

You're AMAZING!

+ Read More
Jevon Smooth
32 months ago

You have the blessings of a people behind you. Move forward and prepare to conquer what's to come.

+ Read More
Dynasty Yagirldy
32 months ago

awesome. we are proud of you and we support you! the world is yours. =)

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