Help a Storyteller Graduate
$5,340 of $29.7k goal
With only one month before my final semester, my father has informed me that he won't be helping me with tuition. The timing of this information is such that I'm not able to apply for many financial aid options that would otherwise be available. I've met with the financial aid office, and even with loans, I simply won't be able to make up for the nearly $30,000 due this semester to cover the final 20 units that I need to graduate. Tuition is due in just three weeks.
If you help me graduate I will be exceedingly grateful. I hope you would consider any shares, tweets, prayers, and donations an investment in future stories. By sharing with your social networks or campaigning with your organizations, you can help me create work to inspire others.
Every little bit counts. The stories we see on streaming, TV, and film are all made by other human beings. Maybe by someone like me who needed the support of their community, everyone giving just a little bit, to move foreword with telling the stories you love.
Thank you and Happy Holidays.
-Maasai Mohandas Singleton
Recently, I graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television. The realization of this goal was only possible through the collaboration and generosity of dozens of people who donated toward my tuition and shared my story.
Now I'm out of school, starting on my career journey, and confident that, through hard work and the execution of good ideas, I will quickly be able to pay back the loan I was finally able to get by telling entertaining and engaging stories through tv and film.
I want to thank everyone who was supportive including those who didn't donate but shared my story, prayed, or extended good wishes. Jamie Broadnax of Blackgirlnerds.com whom I had long followed and admired, allowed me to use her site as a forum for an open letter to other nerds and nerds of color, Elizabeth Gray Bayne, a talented film maker who had taught me so much about editing, filmed and helped organize my campaign video, an anonymous muslimah donated thousands as zakat charity, and my fiancée helped me cope with the stress of what so many American students struggle with for all four years of school - if they are able to finish - juggling classes with not knowing whether or not you can pay for them. I want to thank these four women and everyone else who contributed to my success.
I caught a lot of negativity from people on the internet, my home town, who considered me spoiled for wanting to graduate from college. People who thought I was unaware of my privilege up to this point in life. But I am fully aware of the blessings I’ve been afforded and I want to make my living by using the knowledge and experiences I’ve been given to tell stories that will make people young and old, laugh, feel, and think, and that will help exorcize the pain that we all experience.
I’m currently talking to literary managers and looking to sell my feature as well as start a career in writing for cartoons.
My focus is in animation and this is fitting because when I was in a time of darkness and uncertainty, the kindness of strangers helped give life to my dream and encourage me to continue my work.
It's been a rough couple of weeks. After the lag at the financial aid office and being denied by SallieMae for student loans (I've never borrowed anything, so I have no credit) it's become increasingly clear that the only way I'm going to be able to graduate is if this gofundme campaign is a success.
I'm not calling on people who've already donated to give more. I don't want to be a burden to anybody and I know that if more people just gave a little bit, (like a happy meal's worth) our small efforts would add up to success.
Hopefully we can get this social media thing to work for us and spread awareness because I'm in a situation that can only be settled through community effort. Tuition is a day past due but if we reach the $6,000 mark soon, I can set up a payment plan and still go to school.
Happy New Year!
A number of people have expressed admiration for the campaign video and I'd like to direct those people to graybayne film/media. The woman thanked simply as Elizabeth in my campaign video is my good friend Elizabeth Bayne of graybayne film/media who filmed the video and edited the outline cut. She's taught me a lot in my time with her and is a very talented filmmaker. I would advise people who need documentary work or interviews like mine done to check out graybayne.com or to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you, Elizabeth for your valuable donation of time and effort.
We've cleared the $1,000 mark. We're that much closer to seeing me graduate and embark on this career. I want to tell stories to affect others like Yu Yu Hakusho, South Park , Scooby Doo, and Frazier variously affected me. Laughter, contemplativeness, perseverance, cathartic tears, your donations are gifting those emotional experiences to future generations and helping me to graduate from college and do great work.
Be assured that every little bit and every share helps. Thank you to all those who have donated and shared with their families and social networks.
Here's to us reaching our next thousand in the coming days. (^_^)v
Best Holiday wishes,
Maasai Mohandas Singleton
Larry - you miss the whole point of WHY he is doing the campaign: so he can graduate on time. Doing "real work" as you are suggesting to earn 6k in a month is impossible for most people, except those who drug traffick or work in the sex industry. I applaud Maasai forputting up this page and seeking to stay on track with his graduating class. There are far too many of our young men who don't have the audaciousness of hope that he does. Instead of finger wagging, be compassionate. And if you have nothing supportive to say, perhaps say nothing at all? Signed: a mother of a son with one year left in college and a daughter in her freshman year.
His dad is a famous movie director and won't help his son!! Ridiculous if I wasn't a poor lady trying to raise three children being in school myself, I'd definety help. Though I can't financially help out, I'll pray for you sweetie and keep up your great work and motivation! Blessings!
How do you know he doesn't already have a job? And I'm sure if he does, it's not going to net him $6000 in a month. I'm sure it was hard enough to ask complete strangers. We have a young AFRICAN AMERICAN man asking for help to continue his education when another race such as Asians, Middle Easterns, even Caucasians would have not hesitated to send one of their own to further their education, no wonder we are a lost race! Sometimes common sense is just not common!
Keep striving for your goal. I believe you will graduate.
Take a look at this, the deadline has passed but maybe if you contact the sponsors directly they may know of other ways to help out. http://www.neoedmund.com/mcduffieawards.html
You can apply for fafsa student assistance jus like the rest of the world...when you graduate you make monthly payments.....its called resonsibility and that will build your credit.....dont look forva handout....work hard for what you want!!!!!
sounds like he needs to do what everyone other kid without a hollywood dad has to do, either student loan or temporary drop out find a job and save money to pay for it. welcome to the real world son
And per USC website, 2 semesters costs 49, 464 in tuition so I am just trying to figure out where you get the 30k figure for one semester. If I were to donate I'd like to know where my money is honestly going. Like I stated, not trying to be rude, but you can't put it past a anyone to scam people.
Not trying to rude or anything, but I applied for financial aid and got the money I needed with no credit and without a consigner. So did my husband. That doesn't make sense to me. And my husbands loan was through Sallie Mae. Something about this doesn't add up. My brothers got their loans as well with no credit or cosigners. Seems odd to me.
Do as the other rich kids do and take your dad to court and force him to pay... You might graduate a semester behind schedule, but many many rick kids have tried this and won!!! Or try talking to your dad and working it out. Humble yourself until you graduate. & im wondering "what happened" to make your dad cut you off??? You totally left that out of the story.
I wish i could help but I have to raise money for my classes. Many Blessings
Go do some real work to fund your education. So mamy learning opportunities are avoided through this method.