Help Josh Stay In College
Organized by: Josh Deese
EVENT DATE Dec 15, 2014
JOSH DEESE... LOOKING TO INSTILL CHANGE IN THOSE AROUND HIM
My name is Josh Deese. I was a student at the University of Maryland, College Park for the past 2 years. Last semester, I lost my co-signer, whom helped me with my student loans, to pay for tuition, books, and living expenses. As a result of this, I currently owe $15,000 to the University of Maryland, and will be unable to return to school until that is paid off.
THE ODDS I'M UP AGAINST
Being out of school this semester, I've been forced to take on a full-time job to help pay my rent. I had lost my job a few months ago, and was unable to pay my rent. My landlord was patient at first, but has since served me with an eviction notice. As an out-of-state student from Florida, I have no family or support in the area, and am worried that if evicted, I won't have a place to stay. I am also worried for the safety and care of Oliver, my therapy cat. Oliver helps me deal with depression and anxiety, as a result of being traumatically beaten and bullied in middle/high school.
PUBLIC SERVICE... MY TRUE PASSION
As a first generation college student, I just want to achieve the American Dream. I want to be able to go to college and make something of myself, so that I can pursue my life passion - public service. One day, I would like to run for office and become a U.S. Congressman in the House of Representatives, so that I can give back to the community that has helped me grow. But I need your help...
HOPES AND DREAMS SHOULD NEVER GO TO WASTE...
Without a home, or financial support to continue going to college, I will be forced to put my life plans - my HOPES and DREAMS - on hold, indefinitely. I've spent the past several years working with political and non-profit groups to help protect LGBT youth from suicide and other crises. I am a hard-working student who is eager to learn and grow and has a genuine interest in helping those around me. Please help a struggling college kid return to school, keep a roof over his head, and make something of himself - so that he can help others make something of themselves, and reach their fullest potential as well.
Thank you so much for your generous support.