Unfortunately for Ishmael, 2 years ago, his permanent resident card expired. Due to this, Ishmael lost both his federal financial aid and his scholarships, leaving him financially stranded. He pleaded with the Rochester Institute of Technology to allow him to attend classes for the fall and winter quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year. He was allowed to attend, but the aid was not applied for those quarters. Ishmael has been unable to attend school for the past year and a half but he has finally acquired his new permanent resident card and is primed to get back to his studies. But by the spring of 2014, Ishmael owed $26,726.00 to the Rochester Institute of Technology. Generously R.I.T. was able to take off $12,000 from his debt. Though helpful, there was a remaining balance of $14,726. Throughout this summer he tried asking family members as well as friends to cosign for a private loan, since it was his only option to return to school. It wasn’t until about a few days ago that his uncle helped take out a loan of $10,000. This left a remaining balance of $4,726, which he has been unable to procure. Realizing that there was no other option for Ishmael, a few of his closest friends decided to strive for a change to these sorts of injustices. Immigrants deserve a quality education just as much as any other citizen, especially when they have made as many contributions the the academic world, the environmental world and our ethnically diverse world as Ishmael Akahoho has. Our goal is to raise awareness about this controversial issue and to help Ishmael attend school this semester. Ishmael needs to raise $4,726 dollars for this semester by next Tuesday, September 2nd, and his scholarship will cover the rest of his tuition for the following undergraduate semesters. Please make any contribution to this cause so that we may put these issues on the minds of as many individuals who are unaware of the struggles, immigrants and low income students have in gaining a quality education, in this country. Please donate as much as you can to make our dream possible, make Ishmael’s dream possible, and to make a change long overdue.
Hey guys, you should donate what you can to help my friend Ishmael stay in school! Check out this video. Donations can be sent here: http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/ishmael-s-college-fund/226672
A few of my faves
A few of my favorite photos from my b&w film photo class
she’s so sneaky.
WHY AM I LAUGHING SO HARD WHY IS MY SENSE OF HUMOR THIS TERRIBLE