Beating the Odds and Taking a Stand
Organized by: Danielle Young
I have been dreaming about college since I was in the 5th grade after I decided that I was going to be the next big author. Since then, I did everything I possibly could to ensure that I would make it to my senior year with a diploma in one hand and scholarships in the other, including taking the honors route and took AP classes whenever available, and volunteering in my community.
Here I am a year of college complete and $700 already in debt. I have approximately $12,000 that I must cover for this year because I do not qualify for FAFSA/Pell Grant money. I have to put myself through college. My parents have nothing to do with paying for this at all. Not only that, but we are just getting back on our feet being that my father did not have a steady job essentially through the majority of my high school.
I am swallowing my fear of hearing “no” and my ego and my pride. I am asking help to raise the money. If I asked 100 people for $50 about half of the money can be raised. It can be done. It is not impossible. It’s about willing to help those who are in need. I’m doing this all on my own because I realize that even when applying for scholarships I still have the buttend of the deal being that I am not in the STEM field and art scholarships only take on those who are essentially proteges.
I ask that you donate whatever you can. Every single dollar counts. I do not sneeze at $1 donations (even though I would love it if you were able to give more, but if that’s all you are able to give that is all). I pray to God that I am able to do this. I know that it can happen, it’s just up to people to take that step.
To those who do donate, I promise that I will not let you down. I promise to work my hardest and to the best of my abilities. Not a dime will go to waste. You have my word.
Danielle N Young
“The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.” Booker T. Washington