Need help now to go back to school

Hey everyone! Thank you for clicking on my page. I'm trying to raise enough money to finish my college education. I am set to graduate in May of 2014 and am setting up a payment plan with my school to buy some time, but the first payment is due on Sept. 1st for this semester. That payment is about $1000 and there isn't a lot of time to raise that money.

I'm double majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. My dream is to work as a minister and a psychological counselor to children through young adults, specifically those who are survivors of domestic abuse and bullying. I also would like to start a non-profit organization for transgender individuals and their partners, parents, kids, and friends. The goal is to provide support and resources to these individuals that would otherwise not have anyone to help them through the process of transition. I would also like to help to reduce the stigma around those in recovery from addiction and mental illness.

As you may have guessed, I identify as transgender. I have been out as a transman for over 7 years. I am a recovering alcoholic and have been clean and sober for nearly 14 months now. I want to get my degree in order to help people like me who struggle to feel okay within their own skin.

At the moment, I'm very involved on my campus and in my community as a leader. I am founding president of the first ever transgender-cisgender alliance on our campus that allows trans* students and allies, both on and off campus, to build a community of support for each other. I am also very involved in our campus gay-straight alliance and have been for the last two years.

I am an active member of our Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and the To Write Love On Her Arm chapter on campus. I have been awarded a scholarship of $1000 from our CRC but that is not enough to cover my tuition.

Despite receiving a scholarship from my CRC, I am unable to pay for my last year of school because I have reached my limit on federal student loans. I'm setting my total goal for $21,000, which would cover the remaining cost of my education. However, the immediate need is for that $1,000 payment, due on September 1st.

Every donation is important in reaching my goal and helping me complete my last year of school. I would be immensely grateful for any amount you can give. Thank you so much!
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Anthony Dondero 
Marshville, NC
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