update : THANK YOU everyone who has shown support via donation or kind words. Mel and her mom have been absolutely thrilled. The past two weeks had been very hard for several reasons and this show of support means a lot. We reached her goal to pay back her undergraduate college and she asked me to not raise the goal. Any amount raised over will be used solely for her education (including the tuition not covered by the scholarship, cost of living, transportation (she doesn't have a car), books (she doesn't have a laptop)
NBC article about Mel and her mom
Her cash app is: $MelindaOliver
I started this GoFundMe for one of my closest friend Mel who just learned that she was accepted into law school. She's shared with me that she was able to pay off HALF of what she still owed The University of Missouri-Columbia to get her transcripts temporarily released to apply to law schools. but she will have to pay off the remainder before she can start law school. The goal of this is to help her with this. If there is more money raised, it will go towards the costs of moving to the new city, tuition, books, and transportation, and anything related to her education.
She is one of the most wonderful people I have met. Her mom has raised two amazing daughters on her own and their family was also hit by COVID. Mel is losing her job [public policy and community organizing in D.C.] at the end of June but she still has to pay back U of Missouri thousands of dollars before she can start law school in Fall. She is one of the co-founders of The Collective studio and taught yoga to public high schools in St. Louis. She is also involved in many other areas in her community, from being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, being involved in the protests from the initial Muslim Ban to the very recent ones against police brutality. Even though Mel has been facing many obstacles, she has always been there for her friends, family, and her community.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If I want to go into details it'll take a lot more but I can't stress that she is one of the most kind hearted people I've met in my life. She had planned on getting into law for the people and her focus at her law school is going to be public interest law, with a focus on education reform for underserved communities.
- Randi Covin
- Daniel Suarez