Tuition Fund for Jacinda Vertrees
Jacinda Vertrees is an 18 year old, class of 2018 Valedictorian of Louisville Central High School and has been my bestfriend for 3 years. She was a part of HOSA, school choir, MANRRS, BETA club, and National Honor Society. She took multiple AP classes to enhance her development in academics and excelled. She wants to be a zoo veterinary technician and needs to go to college to fulfill this dream. Jacinda is attending Murray State University in the fall of 2018 As her bestfriend, I have been able to see her grow mentally, (a little) physically, and a lot emotionally to become a better person.
We became friends our freshman year in high school from softball and our bond quickly grew into being bestfriends sophomore year because I was the pitcher and she was the catcher. Unfortunately, our sophomore year she got a serious concussion from softball that has left her with a very minor brain injury with lots of emotional distress. As a result of this, I watched Jacinda go from very energetic, very smart, and witty to having not as much energy, having short term memory, and just different. When people grow closer in any relationship, they start to learn about basic things about them; likes, dislikes, what annoys them, what's annoying about them, etc. But they also learn very personal things about them such as their background, how they were raised, and how their family is now.
Ever since Jacinda was able to make her own money, she would definitely make it. I watched Jacinda pay A LOT of her own things like phones, clothes, but the biggest purchase she's ever made for herself, all by herself was when she bought her car. She always told us (her friends) that she couldn't go anywhere because she needed to save up for a new car. Her old car was starting to give up on her pretty bad. She would constantly have to put money into it just to be able to get to where she needed to. Her mom would work pretty much the same hours as her, therefore she would have no way to her job.
Senior year is an important year for anyone going to college. This is the year when we had to come together with our families and see how much money we would have left with scholarships, and loans. Jacinda has an outstanding amount of tuition left to pay at Murray State just for the 2018-2019 year (around $18,000). This is due to a number of things having to do with FAFSA and the IRS. Murray State cannot verify any of her financial aid from the government because of money issues within her family. She needs at LEAST $8,000 by August 9, 2018 to set up a payment plan with Murray. August 10th is the cutoff date with the university to set up a payment plan or to have paid off your account in full by semester (by loans, or cash) or they will delete her schedule (just like any other student).
As Jacinda's bestfriend, I know that she would be MORE than thankful for any type of donation that she gets. She is a very humble person and rarely ever complains about anything to anyone. I've never before seen her breakdown about money or get so stressed out to where she just breaks down, but I did this summer, and I did again today when she saw her bill for the first semester.
Seriously, we both are grateful for any donation made.
Jacinda has set up her payment plan for her first semester at Murray State. Again, thank you to everyone who donated and shared her story.
Posted by Leigh Anne Himes
5 months agoShare
Special thanks to everyone who made this happen. Jacinda is thankful and gracious to whoever donated, read her story, or just shared the link. The money that is left over from the $8000 she needs for the first semester will continue to go towards her education at Murray State. Anyone is welcome to continue to donate until August 1st. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE !!!!!!