Corey’s SXFW School Trip
I signed up for this page to help my Godson. He has had some major issues in his family life, and because of these issues, has been struggling financially to complete his college education. He had to take two years off from college because his mother refused to sign the financial aid applications, and he didn’t have enough credit built up to qualify for student loans. Because of this, he couldn’t return to college until he was 24 and qualified as an independent student, but he is years behind his peers.
Yet he has persevered and managed to get a better than 3.0 average in each of the five semesters he has completed.
He attends Columbia College of Chicago and is majoring in Arts, Entertainment and Media management. He has always been passionate about music and its creation, and he has dreamed since high school of being involved in the music business.
He is currently taking a practicum that involves running the student record label at Columbia. The culmination of the practicum is a trip, with the label’s chosen artists, to South by Southwest (SXSW), the music conference and festival that takes place in Austin, Texas each year. This is an excellent opportunity for networking, which is the name of the game in the music industry. He currently manages several artists for the experience and was able to win a small scholarship from the school for utilizing his classes in his chosen career.
However, to go on the trip, there is a course fee of $995 for the conference admission and hotel. This may or may not be covered by financial aid, depending on how much he gets. He must also pay for air fare, which is anywhere from $350 to over $500 from Chicago. He must have a $125 deposit for the hotel by December. He will also need money for meals and getting around Austin to the various venues where artists are playing.
I had my own financial issues and am unable to help him. My job hasn’t given us raises in five years, and I lost a lawsuit which now is garnishing 15% what’s left of my wages.
Anything you could contribute would help, even if only $1. I am doing this to surprise him and to show him that there are good people out there who care about strangers and though a good family is a blessing, a bad family can be overcome.
Thank you all for whatever you can do for him.
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