No Excuses! Homeless Teen Crowdfunds His Way To College In One Week


Where there is a will, there is definitely a way.

James Ward, 19, will be able to attend college at Howard University this fall thanks to a campaign he launched online just last week called “Homeless To Howard.”

Since the age of 14, the Los Angeles resident along with his mother and two younger siblings, has been homeless in California. They lived out of his mom’s car as well as relatives’ homes and various shelters until they were able to secure a spot at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood in February 2012.


To date, his campaign has raised $13,687.07, which is enough to cover his freshman year expenses not covered by loans or grants. The average cost of the first year at Howard University for tuition, fees, room and board is $32,165, according to a university official. Ward was able to obtain loans and grants to cover 70 percent of the amount. He needed to raise between $12,000 and $14,000 to cover transportation, books and supplies. Before launching the campaign Ward was denied a Parent PLUS Loan.

Ward will be the first in his family to attend college. To donate to his campaign, click here.

SOURCE: Black Voices


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