Organized by: Maria Gleason-Maddox
I've recently been told the exciting news that I was accepted at the Monterey Institute in Monterey, CA to study International Education. However, to secure my student status and begin the enrollment process, I am required to pay my first tuition deposit of $750, which is financially impossible for me at this time.
So here's the background story. I'm a 25 year old Wisconsin native who recently moved to Washington state. The decision to move was mostly based on employment. Since I've started college, I've held more than one (sometimes more than two) jobs in order to pay for school (and later to repay school loans). Although I said I never would work at one, I found myself putting my education and time to poor use at a physically demanding factory job. Therefore, I moved to Washington to find better opportunities while staying with my sister until I could get back on my own two feet. Everything was set in motion and my preparations to move were going smoothly.. until it came time to hop in the car and drive off west. I had discovered that my savings had been stolen: the money I'd set aside for gas, food, and lodging was gone. This was a major setback, but there was no turning back, and I used most of my savings to complete my move.
So I got to Washington safely, settled in, and began working. A few weeks into my move, I was notified that I had been accepted into the Monterey Institute. As a person rooted and personally invested in education (through my experience working at an elementary school as an aid, as a former teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and being the first person within my immediate family to earn a college degree), I was thrilled to begin the educational program. The news also came with added stress. Not only did I have to think of moving again, but I had to figure out how I would be able to pay for school. The program requires a $750 tuition deposit to be made on or before December 5, 2014 (as the program starts in January). Although I was blessed to find work right away at two great companies, the task of bouncing back financially and setting aside funds has proven hard.
What I am asking is for donations to help contribute to my road to academics. If I'm unable to pay this deposit, I'm afraid I will not have the opportunity to enroll in classes and would have to put these academic goals on hold. I've given a lot of thought and energy toward enrolling in grad school and in finding the right program for me. This opportunity is everything I've been looking for. I am a very independent and prideful person and so asking for donations is not quite in my nature. However, I am completely driven to proceed and excel in this path. Your contribution would be immensely appreciated.