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Greetings! My name is Jonathan Rowe. For the last eight years I have been living in South Africa with my parents and sister. Living overseas has been a blessing, my parents service in the education and non-profit sectors has made a huge difference in the lives of so many. Unfortunetly my parents do not earn as much as they could have if they had remained in the USA. As a result, paying for college is a challenge. It has been said that it takes a whole village to raise a child. I'm blessed to be a member of a village that extends across several continents. I've sent this to you as a member of my "village" asking if you will help me get to college. I will study at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachussetts and earn a BA in English(concentrating in writing and literature). I hope to use this degree and my unique experiences to launch a career as a professional writer or journalist . Emmanuel has awarded me a partial scholarship and a number of grants but $15,000 is currently needed to fully pay for my tuition, room and board. Any donation will be really appreciated and will help me join Emmanuel College freshman class of 2014 this coming September.
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Hello friends!

It's crazy to think that in four months I will graduate. Thank you to everyone who has shared this campaign and donated. Currently, I pay for my tuition with installments of about $530 a month. You helped me meet each of those payments last semester, but this semester, your support is needed more than ever! I work the three jobs that altogether won't make enough income to meet my tuition payments. A contribution of as little as $10 goes a long way to helping me pay for my tuition and having a full college experience.

In recognition of my last semester and your support, I will be posting updates once a month with highlights of what's happening and how God is working. Some upcoming events you can look forward to hearing about are:
Intervarsity ServeUp trip to Houston -- May 3-11th (This is a college experience that your donations help fund, consider giving!)
The 2018 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival -- April 18th (At 7:30pm at Boston College, I will be reading a poem)
Senior Distinction Day -- April 26th (I'll be presenting research)
Genesis Celebration -- April 30th (A graduation reception for students of color at Emmanuel)
Commencement Day -- May 12th (I officially graduate!)

As we move forward into 2018, I ask for your prayers that I manage my course load with other commitments and finish off well. Thank you again for all of your selfless giving over the last four year. I hope you will consider donating a few more times over the next couple of months to make my dream of walking across the stage in May a reality.

God Bless,
Jonathan
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Hi friends!

When you enter the my campaign donation page, you will see that $6,950 has been raised. This amount was raised during my first year of college, and is not connected to this current campaign. I still require $10,000, which is why you see the goal amount at 17,000. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Thank you,
Jonathan Rowe
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Hello everyone!
Three years ago I returned to the United States to start my college journey after spending almost a decade abroad in South Africa. Entering into my freshman year was daunting enough, but what made it more difficult was the added pressure of high costs for tuition, and room and board that my parents and I could not pay for by ourselves. Your generous support enabled me to complete my first year of college, in which I obtained 4.0 and 3.9 GPAs in the fall and spring semesters, got involved in extracurricular activities like the Black Student Union, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, EC Political Forum, and others, and formed relationships with other students that have been invaluable to me.
That was three years ago.
Since then, I have been caught in a whirlwind of classes, clubs, volunteering, work study and other involvements that has been both exhilarating and stressful at the same time. On the academic front, I declared and am currently on my way to finishing my major in writing and literature. Outside of my major, I have taken other courses that have stretched the limits of my knowledge and left me stirred and inspired by what I had learned. In my junior year I presented a paper titled “The Virtue of Money: Class, Sympathy and Humean Sympathy in The Vicar of Wakefield” at the 2016 EC/ASECS Conference at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Though I was the only undergraduate presenting, I received praise for my work from professional scholars and graduate students with multiple years in the field of eighteenth century studies. Heading into my senior year, I am carrying at 3.76 GPA that I hope to raise to a 3.8 by the time I graduate.
Entering into college, I made a commitment to myself that I would get involved outside the classroom as much as I could to make up for my lack of involvement in high school. I have subsequently served as the vice-president and president of Emmanuel College’s Black Student Union (BSU), president of EC Writer’s Block, a creative writing club on campus, and currently lead Emmanuel College’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the international honors society for English students). I have taken part in Emmanuel’s chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and was a participant and student leader during two Alternative Spring Break service trips to Boston. Last fall, I also started volunteering once a week at a youth writing and publishing non profit called 826 Boston as a homework and writing tutor. I have found this to be an unexpected blessed because of the personal interaction I get to have with students, most of whom come from underserved communities, and seeing them grow as scholars and discover their creative voices through published work. All of these involvements connect in some way to my passions for the arts, faith and social justice. During Alternative Spring Break, for instance, I became aware of the issue of food justice and access that often hides in plain site in Boston, while with Intervarsity, the Black Christian Ministries Conference helped me realize that God affirms and celebrates my racial identity, and Summit 2016 taught me how to cast a vision for spreading God’s love throughout campus. My involvements have taught me important lessons around leadership, teamwork and time management that I am sure of carrying forward into my postgraduate life.
As I prepare to draw my college journey to a close, I again warmly thank all who sowed a seed in the very beginning. You have seen it sprout and blossom in the incredible flourishing of the last four semesters. I come to you now, again asking just as I did three years ago, for one last guarantee of your support. With my sister in college, my parents are unable to fully cover the $10,000 cost for tuition and room and board for the 2017/2018 academic year. Even the scholarships I have received from Emmanuel and loans I have taken out will not be enough to cover this amount. At this stage, the only option I have is to take out another loan, which is something I am trying to avoid doing because it will add to my escalating debt. Unless funds arrive from somewhere, I will not be able to graduate. I would like to acknowledge the following people who showed their support back in 2014:
Ernest Wise,
Beth Frawley,
Robin Lake,
Bill Mooney-McCoy,
Melody Jenkins,
Richard Uva,
Carol Brayboy,
Jeanette Callahan
Karen McDonald
Philip Rotz
Laurie Walle
David and Sherry Curp
Sharon Obisie-Orlu
Ilerioluwa Oyedele
Meg Howard
Paul Griffiths
Lungile Mahluza
Dorothy Greco
13 anonymous individuals.

All of you, have made my college journey possible. I now ask that you invest in me one time so that I can walk across the stage and receive my diploma in May, 2018. A donation of as little as $10 will be enough to help ensure that my graduation becomes a reality. There is a verse in Philippians that says: “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I trust that you who have sown the seeds for God to carry out a good work in me will continue to sow so that he can bring it to completion.

Love you all,
Jonathan

P.S. I have attached a series of photos from throughout my time in college. I hope you enjoy. Please share this message and keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
Intervarsity ServeUP 2017
Sophomore Pinning
Black Student Union Afro-Caribbean Night
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Greetings all,

As 2014 winds to a close, I would like to wish all my supporters a safe and productive New Year. This past year has been full of blessings that have both surprised me and have made me forever thankful for everything that the Lord has done. There are many highlights from these past 12 months that I want to share with you, but since this campaign is connected to my schooling, I would like to recap on my first semester of college.

As I have related in previous updates, this first semester at Emmanuel College has been filled with many successes, struggles, opportunities, connections and areas of improvement. I went into it with the simple goals of immersing myself on campus as much as a possible––both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities––exploring my limits (stepping out of my comfort zone) and performing academically to the best of my abilities. With this semester now closed, I am pleased to say that I have mostly exceeded my expectations and have a reached each one of the mentioned goals in sterling fashion. Of course there are still personal work to be done, but I strongly believe that this will be accomplished by the time I graduate in 2018.

On an extra-curricular level, I have made my presence known in clubs such as EC Writers' Block (a creative writing group), EC Political Forum, organizations like the Black Students Union and special campus opportunities like the Emmanuel College Leadership Academy. Additionally, I have used the Take 48 Retreat in September and the Nia Retreat (which is specifically for students of color) in November to pause and reflect on my time at Emmanuel, build relationships and re-energize for the rest of the semester. I also have managed to put some of what I learned in my International Relations class into practice by taking in demonstrations on campus and in the surrounding Colleges of the Fenway (a five college consortium which my school is a part of) against police brutality and racial privilege. I expect to remain active in the coming spring semester by vying for leadership positions and increasing my community service involvement through Alternative Spring Break (details will come soon).

It has been the academic side of this semester that has filled me with the most pride and satisfaction. Each of my four courses were interesting in their own unique ways. I would say that Introduction to International Relations and Introduction to Literary Methods were the two classes that I enjoyed the most because of the way each challenged me mentally and also because of the intelligence of my classmates and professors, which forced me to maintain exacting standards to keep up. Dr Stepanski, my First Year Seminar instructor, was the professor that I enjoyed the most. Her high expectations, advice and words of encouragement made me feel at times that I was in a class of one and really helped me unlock some of the vital secrets of college academia like developing a thesis, writing a research paper and the research process itself. After finishing the first half of the semester with two A's and two B's, I took all of my professors' words to heart and adopted the strategies that I had accumulated over the first two months in time for the final exams in December. In these last three weeks, I have learned that my grade point average for the fall semester, much to my surprise and joy, is a remarkable 4.0. This is the first time in 12 and a half years of formal education that I have finished with a perfect academic record. This places before me a clear goal for the spring semester: maintaining the GPA as much as possible.

2014 has no doubt been one of the most successful and happiest years of my life. All credit for it is due to my Heavenly Father and to all of you who have donated to my Go Fund Me campaign. Even though I don't have any musical instruments on hand, I'd like to give a drum roll as I name each of my donors this year in no significant order:
Ernest Wise,
Beth Frawley,
Robin Lake,
Bill Mooney-McCoy,
Melody Jenkins,
Richard Uva,
Carol Brayboy,
Jeanette Callahan
Karen McDonald
Philip Rotz
Laurie Walle
David and Sherry Curp
Sharon Obisie-Orlu
Ilerioluwa Oyedele
Meg Howard
Paul Griffiths
Lungile Mahluza
Dorothy Greco
13 anonymous individuals.

Thank you all for your faithful support over this semester and year and know that I will continue working hard to show that your investment in me was worthwhile. To those still deciding whether to donate or not, the campaign is still ongoing. A total of $6, 165 as been raised so far, but the overall goal of $15, 000 still awaits. Why not start 2015 off on the right foot by donating just $10? I have shown that every seed sown in this campaign will reap moral dividends, so join me in helping this campaign grown towards its target in the coming year.

Many blessings and a Happy New Year!

Jonathan Rowe.
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