E-Jayy!.. "From COMPTON 2 HARVARD!"
Hi everyone, my name is Sherree, and my son, Elijah "E-Jayy" DeVaughn, has achieved the improbable and made history in Compton -- acceptance to HARVARD UNIVERSITY class of 2021.
He could use your help making the improbable more possible. Though E-Jayy has been awarded tuition and room and board, there are still many expenses not yet covered for the next 4 years at Harvard. Here are the major expenses we still need to cover:
-school supply items (computer & good old fashioned notebooks and pens)
-travel between our home in California to Boston, Massachusetts
-extracurricular activities and clubs
-dormitory and survival items
-food off campus
Harvard estimates that these out of pocket expenses will add up to at least $2,900/per year as you can see in this letter we received recently from them. Since E-Jayy will want to go above and beyond as he always has before we estimate his costs will be higher. That said, at ~$4,000/year, E-Jayy will need ~$16,000.
He would greatly appreciate any donations so he can focus 100% on his studies and get the most of his education. His lifelong endeavors include becoming a Neuro Surgeon, or perhaps the next President of the United States of America!
We’re setting our goal at $16,000 in hopes to cover his college expenses, but additionally, we still have several expenses to help E-Jayy finish high school with a clean financial slate too. E-Jayy would like to attend a few
extracurriculars including a New York theatre trip that amounts to $1,900 and a UK theatre production trip that totals $3,800 that any much appreciated donations above $16,000 would cover.
For more info about E-Jayy , view the NBC news video here!
Thank you for reading!
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More details about E-Jayy!
He was raised by me as a single mom for the first 13 years of his life. On weekends, he visited his father who was serving a 13-year sentence in federal Prison (Taft Correctional Facility) . Some men succumb, others rise above. E-Jayy beat all the odds, and is poised to capture the world by storm!
And you can help him.
You would be helping a youth who has helped himself, to say the least. With dedication and consistent effort, E-Jayy maintained a 4.0 GPA (Straight A's) throughout his school years. E-jayy is Cum Laude of his class, and one of the first African American students to obtain this prestigious CHADWICK SCHOOL induction. His rigorous academic schedule includes ALL AP COURSES, while engaging himself in Theatre, Football, Chorus, Track and Field, and as an active "Peer Mentor.”
A youth with many talents and much potential, E-Jayy was recognized as California High School BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for the past two consecutive years! He has also been nominated for the Jerry Hermon Theatrical Award for Best Supporting Actor.
His talents do not stop there. In 2016, E-Jayy was So Cal Sports Athlete of the Week, for which The Daily Breeze Newspaper honored him with a feature story depicting his many accomplishments.
He’s fluent in Spanish and was inducted into his school’s Spanish Honors Society during his 9th grade year.
We are so PROUD of E-Jayy in The City of COMPTON! His dad has made it home safely. He’s now actively actively engaged in his son’s life, and has integrated himself back into society as a productive citizen. Yes!
As a community who strives to see young inner city students DREAM BIG and SOAR HIGH… Let’s proudly send E-Jayy from COMPTON to HARVARD with an easy transition, allowing him to reach new levels and represent Compton, California while obtaining his professional goals.
E-Jayy DeVaughn is HISTORY in the making and deserves to have a stress free college experience at HARVARD UNIVERSITY. Your donation will make a huge difference to him!
Honestly, it was hard, amazing, challenging, and victorious all in one. My first year presented me with opportunities to engage with writing in a way that I never have before, as I considered the musings of my forefathers in a class called "Stories of Slavery and Freedom." My first year presented me with a chance to augment my thespian proclivities, as I performed in Harvard's MainStage production, joined Harvard's premiere Jubilee Choir, and even participated in Harvard's biggest fashion show named Eleganza. Above all, my first year allowed me to engage with politics in a way I never have before: in taking on leadership positions at Harvard's Institute of Politics and working with CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, I garnered a deeper love for this great nation and thereby came to terms with its shortcomings.
To be frank, it is hard to live in this nation. As a person who comes from nothing, it is hard to make it: it is hard to live pay check to pay check; it is hard to afford a higher education; it is hard oftentimes to create a life for oneself if he or she is born with nothing, coming from a family who has never experienced the illustrious, money-filled "American Dream." I know this struggle all too well. I was that person who came from a poor family, whose destiny from birth was not higher education but was in fact the lower end of society's totem pole; I was supposed to be nothing, but somehow I became something.
Yet GoFundMe was the final step. Sure, I got into Harvard, but without the GoFundMe platform, the GoFundMe team, and all of you, all my dreams were simply potential realities but not realities themselves. GoFundMe gave me the opportunity to attend Harvard University and therefore to achieve a GPA of 3.8 in my first year and therefore to be sitting in this very chair right now––in Washington D.C. interning for Senator Kamala Harris. GoFundMe gave me the chance to create a better life for myself and my family.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, everyone! While the first year is done, another one is just around the corner, and tuition at these institutions keep rising, so anything you can give would be a blessing! You all are a part of this journey and making my dreams a reality! Let's try to raise $10,000 more!
This is truly an amazing accomplishment and you have every right to be proud! I'm struggling to find a way to get people to help my niece get to New York with her business class, but our gofundme page isn't doing so well. I'll just keep praying about it! Good bless you on your wonderful journey! You'll do great things
I just started a GoFundMe to help with my family. It would mean a lot to me if you checked it out@ help the Rollins family, and considered donating or sharing it on your Facebook Timeline! Even a $5 donation will help me get closer to my goal. Thanks again for considering.
I love this!
I am not getting any results from my gofundme account. Don't know what to do about it... anything would help PLEASE
Can someone help us, we are trying to raise awareness for our situation: our gofundme is "Help us raise money to pay off car" and if you can't donate, can you share our gofundme. Thank you so much
Congratulations to this young man. I think mom had a lot to do with his success. Great job to both of you!!!! Dreams do come true!!! Wishing this family all the best in life!
Congratulations on your success . wishing you the best. I want to complete my school and I did started by joining Ashford University but I had some family issues that prevented me in achieving success. I'm trying to re-enroll and I started a campaign a while ago but was not lucky to receive any help. I would be so grateful if you visited my campaign and supported me'
Hi. My name is Jeremy. Congrats Elijah on your success in getting into Harvard. I'm from Georgia and I am also facing the same financial issues. I am graduating high school, but tuition to the University of Georgia is very expensive. You can read more about me and my story on my campaign. Please support a fellow brother and help me to achieve my goals of being the first person in my family to go to college :)