My name is Rova. I am originally from Madagascar but I currently live in Orlando, FL. I just finished a nine-month training program focused on community work. I was able to work alongside youth and families to build strong communities so they can be agents of change in their community. Coming from a developing country, I started to realize through this training that everyone has a great potential to contribute to society but some needs a push to believe in themselves and their gifts. My background in community work including this training inspired me to further my studies to effectively help others by promoting mental wellness as well as advocating human dignity.
I recently got accepted to Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) for their Master program in Mental Health Counseling which starts this coming fall in August, 19th 2019 on campus. I believe this program is the best fit for my future career in helping others. However, my acceptance is on the condition that I can prove I can pay for the first year. Unfortunately, I do not have sufficient funds to cover all educational expenses with the amount of $23,602. This amount includes tuition and fees, rooms and board, and books, personal expenses, and health insurance. You will find below the Affidavit form they require me to fill out where you can find the breakdown of the expenses. All donations will be through my PayPal account.
Considering that I am not a US citizen, I will have to also change my trainee visa (which I currently hold until end of August 2019) to a student visa. This process is not easy and not cheap either. The fees for this process will be a total of $1,090. This will include the SEVIS fee ($350), the change of status form fee to B2 visa ($370), and the change of status form fee to F1 ($370).
Currently living in Orlando, FL, I will have to travel to Lynchburg, VA to attend school. I will have to ship most of my stuff and I am currently getting rid of some of them. For my travels, there are options to travel by flight or travel by train which will cost about 100 to 250$ and shipping will cost about $150 if by flight and about 40$ if by train. So to travel by plane will cost me about $250 to $400 and to travel by train will cost about $250 to $300.
I am currently looking at different ways to fund my studies and I have made so many researches on getting scholarships as well but most of them require that I apply a whole year in advance. So any applications now will be only considered for fall 2020. I want to start this fall so I can start helping others as soon as I can.
I understand these are quite a lot of expenses but I appreciate any donations. Every little bit helps to promote mental health and human dignity of people including mine.
You can donate through my PayPal account at paypal.me/rovarandria