My brother Derek Garner is an incoming freshman at Clark Atlanta University and has recently learned that he is $7,140 short for tuition this semester.
Derek has moved into the dorms, attended mandatory freshman orientation, and has taken the required placement assessments and now he is being faced with being asked to leave the Clark Atlanta University due to a lack of financial aid.
I am his eldest sibling, my name is Unique Robinson and at thirty-years of age, I've exhausted all financial aid options available to support him. I paid for his application fees, enrollment fees and raised an additional $1,500 dollars, but unfortunately, I am financially unable to secure the extra funding required for him to start the school year. His only dream has been to attend college. Derek is the first male in our family to attend college. His two older brothers have been gang affiliated and in and out of jail. Our mother has been battling crack cocaine for the past thirty years, and his Father has been absent from his life completely and has not raised Derek. I am all he has and I've done all I can to make sure he has a better life.
Derek applied for Private Student Loans, but they have denied him because he does not have any established credit yet. I explained to them that he just graduated high school, is only eighteen, and that he doesn't have parents who support him financially, but they simply advised him to get a co-signer. I tried to co-sign for him, but the bank denied me, and he has no one else in his life to help. We don't have a family support system that is positioned to co-sign. He has no other options.
I'm in California and he is in Georgia. He has no home to go back to if Clark Atlanta University asks him to leave due to lack of funding, Derek is in Georgia alone. My brother has worked hard to maintain his grade point average. He is eager to start his freshmen year. As you can see he has worked hard to position himself to be able to attend a Clark Atlanta University.
Please direct help us to find a viable financial source for a student in this predicament or help us by donating toward the reduction of the $7.140.00 to ameliorate this situation.
I assure you that Derek is prepared to start the semester. All he needs is the money to cover the remaining balance. The CAU motto states, "I'll Find a Way, or Make One." This is certainly an early opportunity for Derek to embody this statement as we are seeking a way for him to get a college education so that he can break our family cycle and become all that he is destined to be.
Sister of Derek Garner
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