Hello, My name is Alicia. I am 20 years old and I live in Alabama. I live with my grandparents who has raised me since birth. My mom was on drugs and had mental disorders and my father stayed in and out of jail. Thankfully, I was still able to have a loving childhood thanks to my grandparents. We never had much but they always put my needs first. When I was in high school I graduated within 3 years through a program called FastTrack. The reason I decided to graduate early wasn’t because I didn’t like school or because I was extremely smart. It was actually just to save my grandparents some money. One less year of buying me gas for my car, one less year giving me lunch money or buying extra food to send me a lunch, one less year of class fees, one less year of buying books and supplies, and one less year of buying school clothes. I’ve been graduated for almost 2 years in May. I’ve always wanted to go to college to achieve a degree in Education and become a school teacher. Unfortunately college has never been an option for me. My family just doesn’t have the money to help support me going to college. I’ve been working since I’ve graduated but in my small town there isn’t many jobs at all little alone good paying jobs.. and with that being said even with working my butt and with the money I have saved I still don’t have enough to cover one semester. I pay my car payment, phone bill, rent, utility bill, insurance, buy monthly groceries.. and every time I feel like I am getting close to being on top of things my car breaks down.. or some stupid bill comes around I forgot about. It’s always something. I can’t even take out a loan because I don’t have any credit nor do I have anyone who could co-sign with me. My grandparents have filed bankruptcy so they can’t sign for me. I just feel like I work so hard and I deserve a chance to further my education. Anyways, thank you for your time and if you decide to donate then it would help me out tremendously no matter the amount and I will be beyond grateful.