Around six years ago I began my collegiate education. Unsure of what I wanted to do specifically, I decided to major in something that had a broad range of opportunities- biology. I dedicated myself to my studies and was able to graduate with a 4.0 GPA. As I pursued my education, I knew I ultimately wanted to attend graduate school. It was only a matter of what particular field I would pursue. After experiencing several defining moments in my life, it became clear that law was my ultimate aspiration.
Over the years, I’ve struggled to find my voice in society. There were times where it felt like I didn’t have one. The silent struggles I faced made me wish I had someone who could fight with me, someone who could be my voice. As I spent time pondering that desire, I had the pleasure of meeting a lawyer. He quickly saw potential in me and became a mentor. It was a novel experience feeling someone in my corner, knowing someone believed in me. After working with him directly, doing paralegal work, I realized there are functions of a lawyer that go beyond the law. As an attorney you are regarded as legal counsel. I know I will excel at the legal aspects of the profession, but it is the counsel portion that drives me. The profession of law provides an unprecedented platform to be a voice for someone that doesn’t have one. To fight for individuals that may not be able to fight for themselves. This is what aspire to do.
This fall I will be starting law school at the University of San Francisco. I am blessed to be accepted into such a regarded institution. However, I have not been offered enough aid to cover the cost of tuition. Coming from a low-income family, I am short on money for tuition and living expenses (I.e. housing, transportation, and books/supplies). If I am not able to acquire the necessary amount, I will be unable to attend classes in the fall. I am the first person in my family to attend graduate school. I am driven to excel as a student inside and outside of the classroom. If given assistance I will be able to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer and make the impact I am called to make.
As of now, I am short by about $40,000. I have attached an image breaking down the cost of attendance, any amount helps. Whatever I am given I hope to be able to pay it forward someday when I am of better financial standing. I am trusting God in all of this knowing he will place it on the right persons heart to give. I appreciate your consideration, God bless you.