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Katie’s College Tuition

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Sponsorship Request Letter

Goal- To obtain necessary funding for tuition/fee assistance in order to complete my undergraduate degree at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dear potential benefactors, thank you for reading my sponsorship page and considering me as a recipient.

I am a young woman in need of monetary assistance for my undergraduate degree. I am highly driven and passionate in my pursuit of higher education and will work as diligently as necessary in fulfilling my dream – to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

Throughout my high school studies, I have fostered a strong interest in medical care. My inspiration to explore different degrees in the medical field came when I was privileged to watch the births of three of my siblings. In discerning my educational goals and interests in the medical field, I have set my ultimate objective as obtaining a Master’s degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife. One of my goals is to learn how to comfort mothers and alleviate some of the anxiety and fear associated with childbirth, so the mother may experience confidence and joy.

Since the beginning of my high school education, I have greatly desired to attend a four-year university. However, as the eldest of eight children, and with the younger children still being raised and educated at home, funds for college are limited. Despite this fact, I applied to many universities in hopes that my academic record would prove worthy of sufficient financial aid. Additionally, over the summer of 2015, I participated in a nine week Certified Nurse Assistant internship to reaffirm my decision in pursuing a nursing career. I also volunteered at a Neighborhood Healthcare clinic every Friday morning and worked both in the front office and in the clinic. Furthermore, I have been accepted into several university nursing programs and awarded merit-based scholarships. Unfortunately, my current financial aid amount does not equal my financial need. However, through hard work and persistence, I hope to gain adequate financial assistance to afford a college education.

Life Motivation

-To help others and be a source of good in their lives.

-Assist women to get the best care in child bearing.

-Bring Joy, Love, kindness and the best medical Care possible to pregnant mothers, and their children at the beginning of their precious lives together.

Educational Goals

-Attain a BSN in Nursing from Aquinas college in Nashville TN.

-Continue my education and attain a Master’s degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

-Gain Experience as a Nurse Midwife in the field working with other Midwives.

-Open my Own Midwife Practice focusing on the whole person, physical, emotional and spiritual well being of mother and child.

Financial Needs

-Currently have a financial Deficit of over $10,000 per year with $5,500 per year in loans.

-Working part time only raises about $4,000 per year, before taxes.

-Want to ensure I don’t end up with so much debt after my BSN that I cannot continue on to Grad School.

Extracurricular Activities

-Practiced martial arts for 3 years: completed 6 belt testings and participated in 2 tournaments.

-Have played piano for nearly 7 years: participated in many piano recitals, two piano competitions, played for a wedding reception, and was the pianist for a movie themes concert with the Valley Center Orchestra.

(Full Story)

My decision to become a nurse was rather subtle. My college search began with two interests: a love for animals and a love for babies. I desired to study a major that would allow me to work with both, but after discussing my interests with my parents and doing some research, I discovered they were separate disciplines. So I battled an internal war with myself on which path to take. One day, my father suggested that, because I had received the privilege to watch the births of three of my siblings, I should consider studying the nursing field and become a Certified Nurse Midwife. Instantly, it clicked and I knew my future career path. I concentrated on gaining experience and studying diligently to receive good grades throughout high school.

As the eldest of eight children in my family, I have experienced great joy and a memorable childhood. My mother has lovingly homeschooled me and continues to homeschool my younger siblings, with my father as the school principal. With the younger children still being raised and educated at home, funds for a college education are limited. Although my parents greatly desire for me to attend a four year university, the needs of our large family prohibit them from affording the cost of tuition. Therefore, I must work hard and depend on employment, scholarships, and loans to fulfill my dream of obtaining a nursing education.

During the summer of 2015, I was accepted into a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) internship through the Escondido School District, which took place at Las Villas del Norte nursing home. The three month course consisted of attending classes and learning patient care from other nurse assistants. If the residents were unable to complete a task on their own, I assisted them while still trying to cultivate their independence and dignity. I graduated from the internship with a Certificate of Completion, as well as two awards for Perfect Attendance and Highest Grades. In August of 2015, I passed the California State Board Exam and received my CNA license. I was so thrilled to pass such a rigorous exam! From May to July in 2015, I volunteered at a Neighborhood Healthcare clinic every Friday morning for four hours and worked in both the front office and the clinic. I work as a home health aide for an elderly man three times a week and an elderly woman once a week and whenever needed.

The extracurricular activities I participated in throughout my high school years have been enjoyable and enriching. Since the beginning of my high school education, I have greatly desired to attend a four-year university. However, as the eldest of eight children, community college is currently more attainable for my situation. Despite this fact, I applied to many universities and was accepted directly into the Nursing program in several of the universities to which I applied. I have been graciously awarded scholarships from Aquinas College to aid in university tuition. However, the financial aid I have been awarded has not met my financial needs. I have been awarded one outside scholarships, for which I am grateful. I am currently working on other scholarship applications. While I am very grateful for the scholarships I have received, they do not cover the remaining cost for which I am responsible. Although I have been working and saving for college since 2014, the amount I have saved does not cover my remaining costs. I sincerely appreciate any support you are able to give me to help me reach my goal of becoming a nurse.

Thank you so much for joining me in my journey!

Name Donate Amount Date
Brooke Williams $21.00 October 29, 2021 1:13 am
Anonymous $600.00 October 29, 2021 1:07 am
Niki Williams $50.00 October 29, 2021 1:03 am