My name is Raquel Hamm and I am a junior this year at Biola University with plans to graduate in Spring 2019. I study Christian Ministries and I work on campus as a Peer Academic Advisor, helping students to strive academically, whether that be assisting with class schedules or general questions they might have about being a college student. As a leader on campus, I am also a FirstGen Mentor for the FirstGen Scholars Program (students who are the first in their family to attend college), where I meet with two mentees (also FirstGen students) once every week to help them navigate through their first year at Biola. I work at least 10 hours a week with a 15 unit class load and the next three semesters I will be taking a full load of 18 units to graduate on time. I have been granted a few scholarships which have been applied towards this year’s tuition expenses. These scholarships have been such a blessing, however, still did not close the rest of my financial gap.
My spring current balance is $3,013. I have to pay $1,591.50 (3 payment plan + $85 fee) by December 15th, which is in three weeks. Sadly, I have no idea how I will be able to pay off my balance. I am still planning on saving the money that I earn from my job, but realistically I cannot come up with the full down payment by December 15th, 2017. I have reached out to other departments (i.e. Financial Aid Office), even the Christian Ministries department and applying for outside scholarships as well. I have exhausted every financial resource available at Biola. I am currently looking to apply for a second job so that I can continue to save towards my spring semester expenses. God has reassured me that Biola is where He wants me and I appreciate Biola for blessing me with the opportunity to still be here thus far with other scholarships in the past. I would love to continue the plan that God has laid out for me at Biola. So in order for me to stay, I could really use your help! I am asking that I can be assisted in receiving some sort of financial support during this difficult time.
If God has placed this on your heart, please feel free to give however you feel led. Thank you so much for your time and support.
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