Fund Femi

$16,600 of $32,900 goal

Raised by 78 people in 20 months
Hello Friends and Supporters!

People often ask how they might support my work. Simply stated - I could use your help to fund my education.

As most of you know, I’ve been in school for half of forever in the pursuit of becoming a physician. One benefit to this is that I’ve gotten to wear a ton of really cute, thrift-store-inspired first day of school outfits! One downside to this scholastic marathon is that I’ve basically maxed out my lifetime government financial aid. 

While my total expected indebtedness upon graduation will be circa $430,000, I actually don’t need all of that right now.  About $340,000 I’ve already taken out in loans, so my fundraising efforts are really directed at the $91,600 I’ll need to finish my degree.  When I look at those big, scary, numbers standing between me and my dreams it can kinda feel impossible.  Then I’m reminded of a quote I recently heard, “Impossible is a big word thrown around by small people”.  All things are possible.  They just need to be taken step by step.  So instead of trying to get the entire $430,000 paid off right now, I’ve taken this thing phase by phase through a series of mini-campaigns.

PHASE 1: Pay for Year 3 (2017/2018). Each semester (tuition balance, fees, and expenses) = $26,600
As  of August 14 2018, your generous contribution is a total of $16,550, which brings us to Phase 2! THANK YOU TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY FOR YOUR SUPPORT through Phase 1!!!! Your contribution served a big role in my ability to successfully complete Year 3 of my journey in healing. 

I'm in a precarious position so close to the finish line (9 more months to go), needing to pay off Summer 2018 balance before I can register for Fall 2018. I'm reviving the campaign for Phase 2 in the hopes that my journey will be completed successfully with your help. 

PHASE 2: Pay for Year 4 (2018/2019)

Remaining Summer 2018 Balance: $13,000 (which needs to be paid before I can register for fall semester)

The Arithmetic...

Summer    2018 = $13,000 
Fall               2018 =  $26,000
Spring         2018 = $26,000 

Total = $65,000

I’ve committed my life to the study and practice of the healing arts. This is the cost of that commitment. While this financial burden might be too big for me to bear alone, I know the many hands of my community can make this work light. 

I want to be the man my dog thinks I am, and the doctor we would all want caring for our loved ones in their times of need. Will you help me become that healer?  Thank you in advance for your help.

University of Minnesota Medical School's estimated student budget for tuition and fees (Year 4 Non-Resident):

Tuition                                           $33,178
Estimated Average Fees      $1,504
Books and Supplies                $ 1,032
Room and Board                      $12,320
Transportation                          $ 2,600 
Disability Insurance               $ 86
Loan Fees                                     $ 472
Personal/Miscellaneous      $ 2,000
Ben & Jerry's Ice cream     $7*
Total:                                              $53,199

*Not originally factored into schools posted budget, but deemed an absolute medical necessity, in my professional opinion :-)

$53,199 / 2 (Fall semester only) = $26,559 aka $26,600
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1 year, 2 weeks, and 6 days,
1 year, 2 weeks, and 6 days,
1 year, 2 weeks, and 6 days,

In exactly 1 year, 2 weeks, and 6 days, I will complete this phase of the journey and graduate medical school. I will walk across a stage somewhere on the campus of the University of Minnesota and receive a piece of paper that says, Dr. Femi Akinnagbe. For this I give thanks.

It's been a heck of a journey. Ups, downs, highs, lows, but I'm closer now to finishing this thing up than ever before. Thank you to all of those that have supported me over the years through it all. Your contributions of time, food, finances have helped to get me to where I am today, and we've just got a little further to go. After taking time off of school to work and earn money for tuition, along with the generous contributions of many, I'm back in school now and as of April 15, 2018, I only have 1 year, 2 weeks, and 6 days before I graduate. Working 2 part time jobs AND going to medical school full-time, but it's getting done.

Currently, we're at $15,500 of $32,900 which means we're only $17,400 away from putting another semester away in the books and moving one step closer to the dream.

Thank you for your contributions and may the next 1 year, 2 weeks, and 6 days in your world be as full of magic, mystery, fun, and focus as mine will be.

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June 16, 2017 @ 8:26am

Hey All!

I big thank you to everyone that's been supporting the campaign through your shares, prayers, donations, and every other form!

I switched a few things up:

1) Instead of 1 huge campaign, I'm doing a series of mini-campaigns to focus on more immediate needs. Right now, what I need to raise to register for the fall semester is $26,600 aka an additional $19,100.

2) I took a summer job working as a massage therapist & yoga/meditation instructor in Martha's Vineyard at Relaxation Spa ( So if you know anybody in the area that needs to destress...send them my way ;-)

3) Now that my semester is over I'll be able to be a little more regular with these updates.

Thanks again for all the support!!
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$16,600 of $32,900 goal

Raised by 78 people in 20 months
Created April 15, 2017
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7 months ago
Kyoko Katayama
7 months ago

Dear Femi, I just found out about this site. Go for finishing!!! With much love and metta,

8 months ago
Rebecca Hines
8 months ago

One drop at a time...

Nicole Gudzowsky
8 months ago

Namaste, Femi!

Nikki Overfelt
11 months ago

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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