Dreaming of New School in New York

$3,883 of $59,770 goal

Raised by 19 people in 19 months
Donnie T Smith II
on behalf of Tonya Wrice Smith
A Little About Me
Stuttering sucks but singing made everything better. It is amazing how a person does not stutter while singing. They taught me that in speech therapy but I think I already knew that because I have been singing all my life.  

It is my dream to make a living off of my voice and talents and I truly believe that The New School of Jazz in New York will give me the education and training I need to pursue my dream and reach my goals.    

Crazy Cost
The one thing blocking my path is the crazy cost to attend New School.  The total estimated cost including tuition & fees, books & supplies, room & board, and transportation for 2017-18 is $63,770.  I received a $4,000 scholarship which brings the total cost to $59,770.   I was also awarded $5,500 in federal loans but my ultimate goal is the $59,770.  If I can avoid loans at all cost that would be great.  All though I have dreams of making it big I know it will take a lot of hard work, and after I graduate there might be times where money is tight.  

Thank You!!
Well that is it.  If you made it all the way here I thank you for taking the time to read about my story.   Any help is truly appreciated even if it is just sharing my story. Thanks again!!  

New School Audition Video.  I was eventually called in for a live audition where I had to sing three songs.  I was beyond nervous :-)

Last years recital at the Charlotte Academy of Music

Here is the link listing out the Crazy Cost.  
New School Tuition & Fees

Just in case you think this is a hoax : ) 
My Acceptance Letter

My Financial Aid Award Letter.
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Hey Everyone,

I can not believe it has been 6 weeks since I moved to New York and into my dorm. I have been working so hard, studying, working on my voice, making music and started a youtube account. I plan to post more covers and eventually original music.

I wanted to also say thank you again. The money I raised here paid the remaining balance of my tuition. So between the loans, scholarship and your contributions my 1st semester is paid off!!! #Thankful #Blessed #YallCameThru
My First Youtube Video
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I can't believe I have a little more than 5 weeks until I moved to New York!! It is exciting and scary all at the same time.
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Hi everyone! Well I am FINALLY Done!! I completed my finals this week and my graduation is Monday June 12. I had my senior recital at the Charlotte Academy of Music in May. Here are a few videos. Thanks again for sharing and contributing.
Senior Recital - May 2017
Senior Recital - Faith w/ Savannah
Why I Love You - Trying out my falsetto
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I have 2 weeks and 2 days before I graduate!! My Senior Recital is on Sunday May 28th. Finals to study for and more scholarships to apply for. I had always heard that time waits for no one. It definitely is not waiting on me :-) Thanks to everyone who has contributed or shared. Please continue to share. Thank you!!
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$3,883 of $59,770 goal

Raised by 19 people in 19 months
Created April 27, 2017
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David Brennan
14 months ago

Keep up the good work Donnie! See you soon.

Earl Hammie
16 months ago

Congratulations young man

GoFundMe Team
17 months ago

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KRILL Chaney
17 months ago

Do your thing young man.

Tomeka Leaphart
17 months ago

So excited for you. I am hopeful my Facebook friends will donate as well!!!

18 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS and best of luck Donnie!

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