A few months ago, M.M.R (the student asked that we use her initials instead of her name) visited our office to request Helping Hands textbook assistance. Helping Hands is a textbook fund administered by the Provost Office.
This fund allows the Provost Office to provide textbook assistance to students who do not have financial aid. The following is an excerpt from a letter I received from M.M.R.:
Dear Ms. Nicci:
I want you to see that the $215 for my French book was not a waste of money, but rather it has prevented wasted potential.
My professor studied abroad, so at first glance I did not understand her grading system. I talked with a representative of a local university on campus who told me to keep up my GPA. She thinks it will open doors for me.
My relationship with GOD and college are my life now. When I go to sleep in my car at night, I am not at all unhappy, especially if I have eaten enough that day, because my mind is on my coursework. I look forward to the day when I will receive a scholarship to some university that will include hot meals. Then I can really focus on my coursework without having to worry about where I will get food that day.
We had a big 7 page exam today given in two parts. I was the last person finishing because I spent a lot of time proofreading and correcting ridiculous mistakes. At least I finished. If my professor grades our exams by next class period on Thursday, I will either bring it by or scan it and email it to you.
Thank you so very much for not allowing my GOD-given potential to go to waste.
As a homeless woman, MMR has decided to re-position herself for success. Whether she knows it or not, she is an inspiration to me. She is a testimony of hope and perseverance.
Our office would like to help as many students as possible. Unfortunately, our limited funds prevent us from helping more students. If you would like to donate to the Helping Hands fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your tax-deductible donation will not go to waste.