To make this campaign I will have to keep my identity anonymous in order to not embarrass my parents. I know it is much harder to get anyone to donate to a cause without being able to put a face to the name but I feel must respect my parent’s wishes.
Although, I cannot supply my name I will tell you with my best ability about myself.
I am a senior in high school, an active member of my community, and from the midwest region of the united states.
I was raised in a modern orthodox/traditional home and although my parents supplied me with everything I needed to thrive as a teen they gave me the right to make my own choice religiously.
So on the outside, I have always looked like a modern Jewish teenage girl but on the inside, for most of my high school career, I was not ignited yet. Fortunately, a while ago (but not so long ago), I have started to rethink my lifestyle and became more religious through youth groups, my community, and my high school.
Currently, for the last year or so I have become an active Orthodox Jewish girl. I have started to pay more attention to what I eat, what I say, what I wear, and overall how I live my life according to the Torah.
Most of my friends and my family were never aware of my struggles because I never thought to speak up about it due to embarrassment.
At the start of my senior year of high school, I made the bold decision to apply for a seminary program alongside my regular secular colleges. The reason I decided to apply to seminary is clear. I want to further my religious education. Going to seminary and exploring the Bible and who I am and want to be as a person is something that will be vital to my life and how I wish to continue to live. I also know that I am an easily influenced person and I would like to surround myself with Torah, the land of Israel, amazing educators, girls just like me, and many more positive aspects that a seminary program offers that community college will not. Additionally, I have never been to Israel and would love to have the opportunity to go for a full academic year.
You would not believe how happy I was when I got accepted into the seminaries I applied to. Unfourntuanlty, this happiness was short lasting. Currently, I am working almost every single day on top of going to school five days a week until 5 pm. Although I work, I simply still do not have the funds to cover the down deposit due very shortly. Making minimum wage to pay for college/seminary and other expenses is not the best situation yet a hard one to get around.
I have applied to several scholarships but those will not cover the down deposit and there is no knowing if I will even receive them. If you don’t know what a down deposit it is: it is essentially a sum that holds down your place in seminary and part of your tuition. if it is not paid your place may be given to another well deserving student.
I am asking for the community help to get my down deposit (holding place and part of tuition) paid. Any amount will help and I will be forever grateful for it because the opportunity to go to seminary would mean the world for me.
Please read my story, donate, and share my campaign with your friends and families!