My name is Caitlin Michael and I am currently enrolled at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. I am a business management major, with two minors: marketing and operational excellence. I hope to earn my masters in management, with a focus in operational excellence, once I graduate.
The problem is, my dreams are at risk because I cannot afford to attend this year, and I cannot complete my credits at a community college, because I did so well in AP classes in high school.
In high school, I graduated with a 4.3 GPA, highest honors, and in the national honor society. I also graduated with over 600 hours of community service, and as part of numerous organizations including: the audition-in choir, art club, musicals, drama club, PACS (student council), and as a helper for special needs children.
So far in college, I have maintained a 3.874 GPA and earned a place on the dean’s list for both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. I am still volunteering, taking part in school activities (such as the women in business club), and working almost full time at a local store.
Unfortunately, when I was only four years old, my birth mother was murdered by my biological father. Because of these events, my maternal grandparents took care of me and eventually adopted me years later. I am so grateful to have a supporting and loving family, but with their age and necessary (medical, rent, etc) expenses, they cannot put me through college. They are unable to take out any loans in their name, and they cannot cosign a loan for me. This means that all my expenses must be paid out of pocket, and I just cannot do that.
I want to break the cycle that my grandparents and birth mother fell into. My dream is to graduate from my first choice, Saint Vincent College. I hope that I may have a chance at valedictorian, but first I need to find a way to keep attending. Anything that would help me to pay off outstanding debts to the school, purchase books, and pay this coming year’s tuition would be greatly appreciated!