Hello friends and family!
I am creating this fundraiser in hopes of graduating with minimal debt! As you all may know, I recieved a termendous amount of aid while attending Rider University, a private university costing over $40,000 a year to attend, for all of the aid I've received I am very grateful. However, I will still leave the university with over $25,000 in debt from all of the extra classes I needed to take that were not included in tuition to graduate early and from the escalating tuition costs every year.
Throughout my three years at the university, I have learned more than I could have ever imaged! I've volunteered my time in Trenton at the homeless shelter, I've become the president of our Public Relations Club, I've strengthened my leadership skills through being a selected member of the university Leadership Deveopmental Program, I've partipated in the annual university pageants supporting various causes including MS, I've chaired a 5k run at the university, and I've held a part time job at a prosperous financial institution along with two incredible internships.
I have already taken my Lsat's to get into law school and I anticipate attending in the fall. This is a major accomplishment for myself because less than a decade ago, I had to endure the pain of having one incarcerated parent and another which had and still does have issues with substance abuse. Out of my three siblings, I am the only one that seemed to excape the terrible lifestyle my parents had set up for us. I was very blessed with the strength to say that I will not accept that lifestyle and I was also blessed with the help of my aunt and uncle whom eventually became my legal guardians and who've helped me see my true potiential in this world.
I believe that hard work and determination can take us to wonderous places and with your help I can make that all possible without the burden of student loan debt. For all of your help in making my future brighter, I would like to give a token of my appreciation:
For a $20 contribution, I will send you a piece of my graduation gown,
For a $50 contribution, I will send you a piece of my graduation cap,
And for a $100 contribution I will send you a hand written letter of my gratitude.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my story and remember, every penny counts! Please share with anyone you may think would like to help!