Emily's College Assistance

Meet Emily Ann Jenkins, a beautiful 18 year old young lady. Emily graduated with Honors from La Quinta High School despite working two jobs because her family has fallen on hard times and cannot help her financially. Due to her father’s job in the golf industry, Emily’s family spent half the year in Michigan and half the year in La Quinta, CA requiring her to split her elementary education between two schools. You have to be a very well adjusted child to be able to excel in that environment, and so she did being an A student throughout her entire school history. Now that her family resides in La Quinta full time, Emily spent her High School years at La Quinta High School. Emily ended up graduating with a 4.6 grade point average giving her, her choice of Universities.

Emily has a dream to spend University life with her best friend Sarah who now lives in Victoria, British Columbia. She accomplished the first step by being accepted to the University of Victoria. Sarah’s family lives close to the University and has generously offered to house Emily throughout University so Emily has to come up with her tuition, airfare and general living expenses. Listen to Emily’s story in her own words:

During my years at La Quinta High School, I learned the value of working hard. Every year I received “Academic Excellence” awards as well as certificates from the golf team and the Coach’s Award for the first official girls wrestling team at the school. In my junior year I put aside sports so I could make time for my first job at the local movie theater. In my senior year, I continued to work at the theater on the weekends, and I started working at a local restaurant after school on the weekdays, all the while still maintaining over a 4.0 GPA and graduating with honors.

I was extremely frugal with my money and even skipped several senior trips in order to save money and work because saving the funds for the University of Victoria seemed to be more important to me. I was even granted roughly $10,000 in scholarship funds by FAFSA, but I found out last minute that I was not able to use this money in Canada.

Much to my dismay I now lacked a large portion of the funds that were required to achieve my dream of getting my degree in business so that I could reach my goal of owning my own bakery. I have always had this dream, especially since I am gluten and lactose intolerant and have learned to bake for that purpose, and I would love to share that healthier way of life with others. Eating healthier is the future, and I look forward to one day meeting many new people in my bakery and being able to develop relationships with all guests, but first I need to attain my degree.

In the long run, the Canadian University will be less expensive than an American University because any money that I have will go farther because the Canadian dollar is roughly 70 cents to the US dollar. However, it will still be more than I am financially prepared for. For one year, my tuition is estimated to be about $17,000 and other campus fees such as health and books are about another $2,000, with airfare and miscellaneous costs being another thousand.

Thank you so very much for reading, and for your time and consideration. Any donation would be greatly appreciated in my journey with education on my path to my dream.
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Emily Jenkins 
Indio, CA

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