Help Dezjuan Pursue a Bachelors Of Fine Arts

Dear Friends, Family, Comrades and Community,
JOIN US in RADICAL LOVE and SUPPORT FOR BLACK ARTISTS by making it possible for Dezjuan, a young, queer, black photographer from Hudson, NY, to pursue his arts degree at Purchase College!


A minimum of $25K for two years; room & board, tuition, fees & books, photography equipment, supplies and basic living expenses AFTER financial aid.

We want to secure funding as soon as possible, so Dezjuan can focus on beginning his adventure. Any donation, however small, can help us reach our goal. If you have the resources, please consider making a contribution that aligns with your abilities.

Where you can donate:
Right here, on Dezjuan's GoFundMe. Simple, easy and straight to the point!

Contribute to Dezjuan’s 529 College Savings Plan.
A 529 College Savings Plan allows Dezjuan (and others) to put aside money to pay for all the allowable expenses for his education. To contribute directly to the College Saving Plan now, Go to: and then enter V4M-F7G in the Give A Gift field. Here you will be able to contribute to his plan.
(*For more information on the basics of the 529, click the link at the bottom of the page.)

Donate directly to Dezjuan on Venmo.
If you are more comfortable with direct donations and would like to allow Dezjuan to manage part of the fundraiser himself, please feel free to make a donation via Venmo to: @lucinda-segar
Lucy Segar, with whom Dezjaun currently lives, has been helping Dezjuan navigate the college application process, applying for financial aid etc. will receive the funds in her Venmo and pass them on to Dezjuan. Every donation via Venmo will be applied to the total money raised in the GoFundMe so we can all keep track of the campaign's progress.

Replace Dezjuan's professional camera.
Dezjuan’s professional camera was STOLEN, rather frustratingly, on his first stay at Purchase during an orientation program. This has caused him distress and has seriously hampered his ability to create. He will need $2K to replace it, or you can purchase it directly here:

Please feel free to share any suggestions or leads for grants, scholarships or patronage for photography students, queer, Black artists, children of single mothers, low-income students, etc. We want to fund Dezjuan for the costs of the first two years, but he will still need to obtain an additional $25-30K of funding for the full four years.

SPARK of HUDSON has generously committed $6000 towards his expenses. What can you contribute?

Please join us in meeting these goals for Dezjuan by contributing today! And when you donate, please share a link to at least three people you think might be able and willing to make a donation.

Thank you all for taking the time and hopefully donating to Dezjuan's college fund!

*529 College Savings Plan-the basics:

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Fundraising team (4)

Raised $485 from 9 donations
Hudson, NY
Lucinda Segar
Dezjuan Smith
Team member
Raised $130 from 3 donations
Bridget Brehen
Team member

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