I never imagined that I would be in college, because that is not a dream that many of us (in my neighborhood) could monetarily afford. Being a terrible student in high school did not positively contribute to my desire of wanting to pursue a post secondary(college) education either. However, I was blessed with a partial scholarship to attend college many years after graduating high school, and was able to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
At present, I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Community Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce(1st year), with the dream of one day operating a non profit organization. The organization will be of service to students (7th - 12th grade), in and effort to increase the retention and graduation rate. There will be mentoring, tutoring, and counseling made available to each person(and their family) in the program. Every student should be given every chance at achieving success. And it is my hope to invest in their lives, as was invested in me by those who wanted to see me do well.
By completing my Master's degree, taking and passing the License Professional Counselor(LPC) examination, completing the 3000 hours needed to become and LPC -and working in the non profit sector thereafter-, my dream would be made into a reality. The problem lies in my being able to complete my degree, which is being made difficult by the lack of funds to fully pay for school.
Working on campus as a tutor is what I am doing to contribute to my part of making my dream a reality, but it is not enough. It is for this reason that I am asking for your help and support.
The $5,000 figure is part of what's needed($7,847.12) to lift the fiscal hold from my student account, which is preventing me from registering for classes. Not being registered for classes, means that I am unable to work on campus any longer, and my student visa suspended because I am international student. If that happens I will have to move back to my home country of The Bahamas where the job market is not favorable, and there is not guarantee that my visa will reinstated, nor my being able to make enough money to return and complete my degree. As an international student I do not qualify for Financial Aid, and I am solely dependent on myself to pay for my education.
Once the hold is lifted, I will be able to register for classes, and begin working again, which will assist me in paying for classes this semester.
Deciding to ask for donations was not an easy decision to make, as I am aware that people have financial obligations of their own. However, after applying (and being denied) by every lending institution for both student and personal loans(with and without cosigners), applying for scholarships and not being selected, and meeting with administrators on campus (without any monetary assistance provided), I decided to take a leap of faith, and seek donations.
My contribution will be:
My total contribution: $3,000
Please give whatever you feel led to give.
Thank you in advance for allowing me to continue the pursuit of my dreams.
Much Love and God Bless,
**Attached is documentation from the University stating how much is needing to be paid**
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