Help this kid go to college!

This goal of $1,162 will help my student "Sebastian" take his first college class. 

"Sebastian" is a Dreamer, an immigrant from Peru who has lived here since he was 5 years old. He is about to graduate high school with a 2.9 GPA. He has taken IB History, IB Geography, IB Chemistry, and Calculus, and been accepted to multiple four year colleges, but he cannot afford to attend any of them. Because he lacks legal status, he cannot get a legal job or any federal grant or loan to pay for college. Most scholarships require legal status, and even most scholarships for immigrants require DACA status. Sebastian would have qualified for DACA, which could have given him in-state tuition and the ability to work legally, but he didn't apply for it before President Trump was elected and closed the program. 

Now the only way for Sebastian to continue his education is to attend community college and pay out-of-state tuition rates. Whereas his peers can attend community college for free using their Pell Grants, it will cost Sebastian $24,000 to complete a two year associate's degree. But he is determined to persevere. His goal is to somehow earn enough money each semester to take just one class, at a cost of $1,162, so that he can make progress towards his degree in Cybersecurity. Of course we hope that eventually he will be able to change his legal status, finish his degree, and get a job so that he can support himself and help his family.  But for now, he's just trying to take one step at a time. Can you help me raise enough money to send Sebastian to his first college class?

Thank you!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Laura Wells 
Bailey s Crossroads, VA
Helbert Garcia 
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