A 23-year-old male, Washington
Hello, I’m a twenty-three-year-old male looking for financial help to be the first person in my family to get an education.
As of right now, I am enrolled with a 3.47 GPA, involved in my college by being a sitting member in our art selection committee, and I also coach elementary-age children in after school sports programs.
But it has been a hell of a journey to get this far.
After my parents separated when I was five, we moved to Washington from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Here I suffered from separation anxiety while my dad suffered from a drug and alcohol problem. When I got to High School I didn’t learn from my dad’s mistakes and fell in with the wrong crowd. I took to this crowd because they made me feel like family giving me a sense of identity and affection that was so foreign before. This coupled with having to work since I was 13-14 to help provide for myself as well as my father and sister during the winter months when my dad’s work was slow. (He is a construction worker) Meant I really could care less about school.
But after two years of working and partying, I hit rock bottom. I stopped abusing myself and substances and focused on school. I took AP classes and tried to salvage as much as I could to graduate, but my effort was not enough. I was a couple of credits short and my counselor said the class I needed wasn’t available for summer school. I dropped out and started a skateboard apparel company. This was also the first year I volunteered my time to help inner-city unprivileged youth and families creating packs of essentials to give to homeless youth as well as underprivileged families in need. My time was full and rewarding. After spreading myself too thin as the company grew but I couldn’t afford to hire help. I had to put the company on hold after only 3 years.
Needless to say, the company never bounced back and I was forced to get a big boy job. I worked in the labor industry for a couple of years before deciding to get my GED and apply for school. I had a new goal. To get a higher education so I could, one day, provide for a family of my own. Within a year I got my GED and started attending my first year of college.
It has been a blast! My new found respect for education combined with my personal goals has been able to push me to complete my assignments and work my ass off to get good grades. But it has not been all peachy.
Going to school full time means I can’t work as much. I still have a job but even part-time I find myself staying up late at night so I don’t fall behind in my classes. The job barely pays for my gas and some food. But I do have to say I have been lucky enough that my dad has been generous enough to allow me to move back this year and not charge me rent. But this means I live an hour away from school and work. And I still have bills like my insurance and cell phone to pay. Not living by the school and in a double-wide that is not a good environment for learning or my mental health takes a toll. High levels of anxiety and mild depression, as well as some sleep deprivation, is kicking my ass. But I have tried my hardest to set myself up for success.
I have applied to 26 scholarships and soon to be more. I have an EFC of 0 on my FASFA and hope to be eligible for some grants next year and just doing my damndest to get an education! But I still need help.
I need to move.
I am looking for some financial backing to help move to the city my school is located in. Being a college town, rent is high. It also doesn’t help the landlords are notorious in this town for overcharging and screwing over college kids. I don’t care if its a room or an apartment I just want to be closer to my school and get out of a desolate small town. And I am willing to work for it.
Think of it as investing in my future. If you are willing to back me generously we can put stipulations on my allowance. Community service, GPA, and missing assignments are just some ideas if needed. I believe in myself fully and you should too. I’ve worked for more than half my life and I’m willing to work for my future. If you’d like to know more about me, prove my GPA or work experience, or just send kind words of support, you can email me at WAstudenthelp@gmail.com If you’re in Washington I would even work for your company if it helps get me through college. This is just a synopsis of my story, and I appreciate you taking the time to read it.