Help Send Jacob to College

First of all, thank you for reading our post! Jacob has been accepted to college!!  The road we've taken to get here has been a journey, not unlike so many other college bound students, except for the fact that Jacob has Down syndrome.

Who is Jacob?
It's so hard to describe someone's character in a few words, so please watch the following video to get to know Jacob better:

  Jacob Nelson

What's the story?
 Jacob has been talking about going to college for many, many years . After being homeschooled and attending transition class at the high school, he landed a job through Goodwill at Great Lakes Naval Station . His dream for college was still at the forefront and so we decided to pursue it . He applied to Shepherds College and after going through their acceptance process , he was notified in early June that he was accepted.

What is Shepherd's College?
 Shepherd's College is a school for intellectually and developmentally disabled people . After going through their 3 year program, Jacob will have a certificate in either horticulture, culinary arts, or technology. Shepherd's  has an over 90% success rate of their graduates landing a job in the field in which they studied.  Not only do they focus on vocational skills but also social and life skills for appropriate independence. They also focus on inspiring a lasting awareness of God's plan for their lives.

Why does Jacob need money?
We are so impressed with everything about the school and think that it is a great fit for Jacob.  We know that although Jacob will be better equipped for life after graduating, his disability will likely keep him at a lower salary level. Thus  we do not want to burden him with loans that he won't be able to pay back, when the goal is to have him achieve as much independence as appropriate.

What's the bottom line?
 Jacob's yearly college cost  is $43,600.  Jacob has been awarded several scholarships including Ruby's Rainbow and Ups for Downs. He also has some savings and disability income, but he still needs $18,500 to get him through this year.   Would you be willing to help Jacob go to college?


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Katy Gibes Nelson 
Winthrop Harbor, IL
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