He's "Attending" Harvard!

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Richard Jenkins III, who turned 18 in April 2018, is from inter-city Philadelphia where he began his academic career in the Philadelphia public school system. His academic prowess and extraordinarily charming mannerism did not go unnoticed by his peers and educators. He received a full scholarship to Philadelphia's prestigious college preparatory boarding school, Girard College, and took full advantage of the opportunity presented to him. Richard will be graduating in June as valedictorian and will be attending Harvard University in the Fall.

Richard comes from a poor struggling family, but highly disciplined. His father, Richard Sr, has a debilitating illness that prevents him from working, but that didn't stop him from raising his son with the type of values and morals that manifested into this wonderful young man. Richard Sr grew up in a Southwest Philadelphia projects and lost his mother when he was 20 years old. His father was never involved in his life.  Most young men in that situation turn to drugs, crime, and gangs to fill the void and escape the existential pain of their existence. Not Richard Sr, he is the only man I know who never once took drugs, smoked, or had a drink. It's that sort of discipline I see in his son, and because of his father's love, young Richard's esteem was never in jeopardy. 

I'm creating this campaign because Richard Jenkins III deserves a reward. Honestly, this kid, although he is poor, doesn't need the help. He will work his way through college, pay for his expenses himself and won't ask or need anyone's help. 

He has a full scholarship to college and a stipend for room and board. He plans on working to pay for his daily expenses and entertainment, and I think that's a valid life experience for a young man going to college so I don't want to take that from him by making him too rich (LOL). He doesn't have a car, good clothes, or a good tablet to store all his electronic books (he's a confirmed bookworm). That's what this campaign is for...fun-time! He earned it.
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The message below is from Richard Jenkins.

Good evening everyone,

I know that all of the preceding updates have been posted by my godfather, Don, but in the air of transparency I -- Richard Jenkins, the person for whom this GoFundMe was created -- have decided to provide an update of my own.

First of all, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to each and every individual who has donated to this fund over the past year. You all have truly changed my life. I’ve never had much money growing up and to have so many people take interest and invest in my future has been absolutely amazing. It is true, I have much to learn in the area of financial management, but I know for a fact that I can master it.

My first year at Harvard? The short of it is that Harvard is tough. Almost as soon as I got there I ran into academic adversity. It hit me the most when it came to math, but soon the stress (along with my own stubbornness and unwillingness to cave and get a tutor) got to me and I fell into a month's-long depression that stretched well into my second semester. As a result, I lost motivation to do much of anything. I stopped caring about my grades and classes and just started doing things to try and make myself happy again. I was headed down a dark path, academically speaking. I managed to get out of the funk near the end of the year and pulled myself through, but I still ended up on academic probation. This summer, I'm taking extra care to prepare myself for the next year: I'm taking online courses in programming and in Japanese, so that I have a head-start on at least two of my four classes when I get back to campus. I'll also be arriving on campus with an attitude that will allow me to be open to seeking help when I need it.

The struggle, however, was not all of my experience at Harvard. I did have good times, meet good people, and I made good friends. I joined a club that practices Kendo, a Japanese martial art involving swords, and got initiated into Harvard’s student-run radio station, WHRB.

I apologize for the lack of updates over this past year. I’m sure that it would’ve been good for you all to hear from me way earlier than now. Going forward, I’ll be leaving regular updates every few months. Also, I’ll be stopping donations to this account as well. I thank you all for your generosity, but at this point, I have more than enough to get me through the next three years at Harvard.

Thank you all,
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The donations are up to $68,783. Thank you so much for your generosity, but please keep them coming.
Richard loves to dine out and travel!
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Richard completed his first year at Harvard and will be returning in the Fall!

Thank you friends and family for your support. However, I still need your help!

Let's just say that Richard "THOROUGHLY" enjoyed his first year. He had a lot of fun, did a lot of traveling and discovered "Coeds"!

So please, if you donated before...please donate again and help me get this brilliant flame lit!

Thanks again, you're generosity has been a humbling experience,
V/r,
Don
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I recently extended the donations because I seriously underestimated the cost for Richard to attend Harvard. I divided the donations over four years, which meant Richard would receive $2,500 per semester to aide his living expenses. Richard still works to help mitigate expenses, but he had to reduce his working hours to accommodate his class schedule. It's a balance that all first year students struggle with, but Richard is adjusting.
I texted him last week to see how he is doing. With about three weeks to go, he has nearly exhausted his funds. Folks, he's not doing to badly with his funding, but I don't want him to stress about money. I need your help. Granted, we still have most of the donations left, but I think we need kick it up a bit to help through the remaining three years. If you donated before, thanks...I don't want your money, but ask a friend to help.
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