College for Kinley - A Little Means a Lot
Organized by: Karen Dixon
READ THIS, in Kinley's own words. It's worth the read, I promise. http://netdotstuff.com/kinley/ThanksObama.pdf
I have the honor of knowing Kinley. She is not my own but I am proud to know and love her. A child raised in a home fraught with turmoil, disappointment and dysfunction. I hesitate to add more description here for her sake so you can fill in the blanks. She turned to Academics and Art to fill the void. Her intelligence surpasses most I know. Graduating in the top 5% of a class of more than 800; scoring 5's on all 5 AP Exams and earning 27 credit hours without ever stepping foot on a college campus. Her parents do not support her. Federal Funds are not available to her since FAFSA rules anyone under 24 a dependent and subject to awards based on parental income. She can't get a student loan privately due to unestablished credit.
She dreams of a career in medicine. The things most 18 year old girls focus on are of no interest to her. I believe that with or without us, she will make it. Stronger? probably, a little more jaded than she already is? Definitely. My heart breaks knowing that she is entering a world thinking that she somehow didn't work hard enough.
It boggles the mind that a child of this intellectual quality and desire is struggling with finding the $$ to attend school. Her first year she received a 4.0 at a local college. Their science program is so poorly funded only one class she needed was available for fall. She has been accepted at a university with a full program and needs the help of those of us with a little extra. Please help. Anything at all ... $5 $50. Let's show her we support higher education even if our government has failed to.