Helping Le'Naiya Get Back in School

$5,000 of $3,065 goal

Raised by 76 people in 35 months
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Le'Naiya Blackwell  TEMPLE HILLS, MD
Hey There!
My name is Le'Naiya Blackwell. I am a second year Howard University student looking to finish my college career. I started my journey to receiving a higher education in the Fall 2010 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Although Pitt-Greensburg offered me a lot of opportunity they did not offer the opportunity to study music in depth. After much thought and research about the Jazz studies program at Howard, I knew it was where I belonged.
I auditioned and was accepted in the Fall of 2012 and have been thoroughly enjoying my time there ever since. My musical knowledge has grown exponentially. My love and appreciation for all of the Jazz icons has matured. My overall love for music was rekindled. I have even begun to find my own sound.
Howard University's biography is filled with so many gems socially, academically, culturally, and musically. With that kind of lavish history and legacy comes a great price. With the help of the Trio Scholars program, Grants, Need Based Scholarships, and using good old fashioned Elbow Grease working multiple jobs I was doing pretty well financially. Unfortunately, even with filling out scholarship/grant applications daily I was not able to come up with enough money to stay in school.This is a situation that will continue to occur each semester. However, with your support I will be able to put this money in the vault and focus on saving for the next semester rather than working just to pay the next tuition bill.
Therefore, sadly, I am forced to take off a semester from Howard. I immediately started looking for different options that would get me back in class. I discovered this crowdfunding site, GoFundMe.com and went to work advertising and thinking of different ideas and avenues to get support. After I was re-tweeted by former mayor and current City Councilman Marion Barry, my story was featured in the Washington City Paper followed by a news story on WJLA Channel 7 News. I am a hardworking student looking to rejoin my fellow Bison and ultimately get my degree at Howard University.
On April 4th, 2014, at 9pm, at Columbia Station located in Adams Morgan, DC I will be giving and Education Benefit Concert to thank all of those who donate $25 right here on GoFundMe. Additionally I've added two other incentives. I have no doubt in my mind that with your help I'll be able to finish my college career and go on to do bigger and better things for the community as a whole. Please give me a chance!
Warmest Regards,
Le'Naiya Blackwell
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Update 19
Posted by Le'Naiya Blackwell
4 months ago
To all of my supporters I thank you so much for all of your help. I have met my goal and been afforded the opportunity to enroll in a financial program to help pay the rest of my college debt. I cannot thank you all enough for all you've done. I'm finally on the road to being birth educated and eventually debt free! Peace and blessings to all!
-Le'Naiya Blackwell
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Update 18
Posted by Le'Naiya Blackwell
31 months ago
Hello All! I've finally snagged a day off and am happy to say I have an update for you!
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Update 17
Posted by Le'Naiya Blackwell
32 months ago
Hey Y'all,

It's been a crazy couple of weeks. I have seen so much love and support from you all. I wish I could wrap my arms around all of you for a huge bear hug!

I am very pleased to say that we have officially made ...and exceeded the goal of $3,065. *Victory Dance* I will officially be attending classes at Howard University in August. This would not be possible without each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I am looking forward to performing for you all on Friday, April 4th at 9pm at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan. Words can't express enough how grateful I am.

I'll see you all soon.

KEEP SMILIN' !!! We Made It!!! :)

Naiya Smilez
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Update 16
Posted by Le'Naiya Blackwell
33 months ago
With just a little more than two weeks until showtime, it seems unreal to me still. In two months we were able to raise 85% of the total goal!

I am honored to have all of you all's support. I can't thank you all enough.

On Friday, April 4th, I am very excited to be able to perform for you all. Keep spreading the word y'all! I'd love to see you and yours on this very special night.

Please be sure to RSVP by March 31st. There are a lot of incentive packages and I'd like to make sure I can make them all in time. If you have not received an email regarding the concert please contact me.

Thank you so much for your support! Keep Smilin'!

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!
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