Listen to An Eye-Opening Interview with a College Scholarship Recipient, Rebecca, Who Tells It Like It Is & It Ain’t Easy!
“I’m graduating with $40,000 in federal loans,” remarks Rebecca. Anthony replies, “That’s not that bad!”
Imagine being a 12th-grader with a scholarship offer, projecting very little money for day to day expenses, about to embark on a perilous journey that leads down a deep hole of debt, to then climb the rickety ladder out toward upward mobility without a safety net. Listen to her talk with Anthony, another scholarship student in similar shoes, and learn about the remarkable financial gyrations Rebecca spins through, her conundrums and worries, much different concerns than her peers from wealthier families. Now a George Washington University senior, she steps upon the rickety ladder with a new job on the horizon, hoping for a stable, bright future, and one day free of her college debt burden.
Hard to imagine… with a high school degree, a college scholarship and financial aid in hand you pass “GO” with all kinds of challenges and financial stress through college and beyond. It’s either that direction as a first generation college student or life with a low-wage job.
Today’s climb for ambitious students from poor and working class families, in under-resourced schools, is fraught with hurdles. That journey upward now typically requires major debt and more than a high school degree. It becomes possible and less perilous when others, like All Out for Change® and contributors, go All Out to help students through high school and college Change their and their families' lives for good.
"Student debt can be the difference between a financial future of hope or one of despair," writes tax law professor Dorothy A. Brown, in The Washington Post.
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We're estimating we’ll need $7,500 for laptops for 15 grads to get them through their college years; that's on top of the other Supplemental Scholarship Fund needs. Feel free to pitch in now, with your used laptop, used or unused gift cards, or via a donation; fifty - 12th grade recipients of free and reduced price lunches will greatly appreciate the assistance with college expenses.
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Thanks for listening to Rebecca’s story, and for your support.
MaryAnn, Chief Engagement Officer and Founder