Helping low-income students attend college is no doubt an important mission of ours but we also have to be conscious of the fact that the journey doesn't stop there. A college degree is simply a piece of paper unless you put it to use in finding a career that makes you continually grow both personally and professionally.
And while you should try to do everything in your power to fulfill all responsibilities, sometimes you will come up short. Failing is a part of life, but what matters is what you do with that failure. Do you accept it, or do you learn from it?And while you should try to do everything in your power to fulfill all responsibilities, sometimes you will come up short. Failing is a part of life, but what matters is what you do with that failure. Do you accept it, or do you learn from it?Read More
Our first college-scholarship recipient, MaKayla, has wrapped up her first college semester at SLU and is absolutely killing! Not only did she successfully finish the semester with a 3.52 GPA, but she did so while also balancing work and 10+ hours of community service.
Not surprisingly, she chose to give her time to a local St. Louis organization, Almost Home, that has a mission to "empower young moms to become self-sufficient and create a better future for themselves and their children."
As part of her scholarship requirements, she also completed a well-thought out, articulate essay reflecting on what this first semester meant to her. Below is one of my favorite quotes from this essay and something that I find so motivating each time I read it.
When I first read her essay and saw the official transcript of her first semester, I couldn't help but feel so damn proud of her and what she is setting out to accomplish. So many young adults across America, who are also first-generation college students, can struggle with the rigors of higher education for myriad reasons.
That's why it's so important that we as an organization take responsibility for how our students perform in school and don't simply hand out tuition funds based on prior achievements. We try to make ourselves available 24/7 to the scholarship winners so that when they inevitably encounter the challenges that make the question if they're capable of actually succeeding, we are one of the first ones to adamantly say how much we believe in them!
As supporters of I Do It For Her, you too should feel this sense of responsibility and pride. Your donations have made this life-changing event possible and your continued support allows us to have an unbelievable impact on the lives of low-income students who otherwise may not have this chance.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Because of your incredible generosity, we successfully raised over $2,000 for our most recent scholarship recipient, MaKayla!
Those funds will go on top of the original $4,000 that she was originally awarded and I can't express emphatically enough how much of a help that is going to be for her. We all know (some more personally than others) the heavy burden student debt can put on someone, especially when that person comes from a low income family and lacks some of the resources a lot of us took for granted growing up.
This money clearly won't cover her total tuition bill but it does soften the financial pressure. Our hope is to one day become a large enough organization that can give full financial scholarships and with enough determination (and luck) we will get there.
We are tremendously grateful for your continuing support and couldn't feel more proud to share this exciting news with you. Please don't ever stop being such beautiful human beings and setting the example for others to follow.