Despite my efforts to secure a full ride to college, including a composite score of 33 on the ACT and perfect 4.0 GPA, I am still $5,000.00 short each year for the total cost of attendance at Southern Virginia University. I am pursuing a degree in Music Therapy as well as two minors--in Family & Child Development and Psychology--and a teacher's license in Music Education. Even though I worked part-time during high school, the money I have saved up will only pay for the trip from Tennessee to Virginia, and my mother, who had a manufacturing job, has been laid off for six months and counting. She is a single parent who will have to provide for my younger sister while I am away at college, so I will be dependent on whatever money I can earn working part-time while pursuing my degree and participating in the extracurricular activities required to maintain my scholarship eligibility. My father has been incarcerated since the summer of 2012, and now that I am eighteen, I am no longer eligible to receive any child support money.
Throughout high school, I was an active member of the music program, serving in multiple leadership roles in several different ensembles and sports. While serving as Band Captain and Section Leader, I was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award. In addition to this, I have also received several academic awards, including awards in English, Math, Science, Language, and Finance. For two years, I performed as Principle Second Flute at the Middle Tennessee State University Honor Band in the top tier ensemble, and I advanced to Principle First Flute this year, with a solo the previous year.
During my last two years of high school, I volunteered at my public library and assisted with the Pre-K though second grade activities. I also volunteer as the pianist for my church, for the adults and the children's music program, and as the Nursery leader for children ages 18 months to four years of age. I participated in these activities on top of a heavy course load, including a Dual Enrollment History class; four advanced English classes; five advanced Math classes, including Calculus I; advanced Science courses; and four years of an online seminary course studying various scriptures.
These funds will pay for tuition, housing, books, and any other expenses for my education. I would like to have these funds before I start college at the end of August. Words cannot express how much stress this money would alleviate, allowing me to focus on my studies. My heart swells with gratitude towards all those who are willing to donate money to my education. My desire has always been to offer help to those in need of mental health, social, and behavioral services, as I was when my family dynamic was abruptly changed during those crucial formative years of my childhood. Once I become a certified Music Therapist, I will be able to be a beacon of hope and a solid support to those who would not have been able to receive this service due to circumstances beyond their control.