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The Lauren K. Smith College Travel Expenses Fund
$1,350 raised
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Ended Apr 20, 2015
Yaay!!!!! Church-Family, Family-Family, School-Family, and Absolute Total Strangers-Family. Please know that, due to academic excellence, and personal diligence inspired by the Grace of God, Lauren K. Smith has earned a “FULL RIDE” with the ...

Yaay!!!!! Church-Family, Family-Family, School-Family, and Absolute Total Strangers-Family. Please know that, due to academic excellence, and personal diligence inspired by the Grace of God, Lauren K. Smith has earned a “FULL RIDE” with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She will be majoring in “Communications / Journalism.”  Now, we need YOUR HELP in order to get her there on time.  So PLEASE take two minutes out of your busy schedule to read over her story, and I believe that you will be moved and inspired. 

 

Academics, Awards, & Honors

 

As depicted by the accompanying photo, Lauren recently graduated at the top of her class (Salutatorian) from Mendez Senior High School; with a 4.095 GPA.  She was also the Class of 2014’s Student Body President and received the “Principal’s Award” for “outstanding leadership and academic achievement.”  Also in the aforementioned photo, she was awarded the “Adelante Award” for “outstanding academic achievements and commitment to [her] community through volunteerism and public service” by Councilman Jose Huizar, Councilmember 14th district. 

 

In addition to the abovementioned awards (and numerous others) Lauren is a “Lundquist Fellow” (emeritus).  She was selected to receive said honor by philanthropists Richard & Melanie Lundquist, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  For those of you who do not already know, Lauren is the definition of a “Go-Getter.” She is truly an academic force.  She is (without a doubt) the real deal.   

 

Spiritual & Personal Life

 

Lauren is also a very active member of her church “By His Grace Fellowship” (lead by Pastor Seday & Corinne Sanchez).  Lauren is a worker in “By His Grace Fellowship’s” children’s ministry.  She also sings and plays guitar, as well as acts in the occasional play or skit when needed.  She loves everyone at “By His Grace”, and they all love her.  Although she would never admit it, she is known for her loving consideration of others; even when they are no longer with us.  Case in point: Lauren’s baby brother Zalin passed away last June 22, 2013.  When Lauren learned that this year’s “LA Marathon” would fall on Zay’s birthday (March 9, 2014) she trained for eight months, ran, and successfully completed the marathon (all 26.2 miles) in his honor.  

 

All of you who know Lauren personally know her as a wonderful, brilliant, loving, spiritually grounded, selfless young lady.  Therefore, none of this comes as a surprise to you.  As for family members, you know her best.  For instance, you may recall the story of a young eight year old Lauren, her sister, and her cousins each receiving a dollar spending money.  As everyone around her discussed the various sweet treats that they were going to spend their money on, Lauren drew peculiar looks and giggles when she earnestly declared, “I’m saving mine for college.”  Well, SHE MADE IT!!!!! So please help us make her dreams come true.  Thanking You All In Advance & May Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ Bless & Keep You In All You Do.

 

Purpose of Funds / How We Arrived Here

 

In the process of taking care of cursory expense, i.e. application fees, dorm fees, prerequisite items fees, etc., funding for travel fell victim.  Therefore, funds raised via this event are to go towards insuring that Lauren has a safe trip to UAB’s campus. Funds will cover plane tickets, transportation to and from the airport, room & board for two days (the time it will take for her doom room to be ready), and any unforeseen minor expense.  In addition, if Lauren does not make it on time for her August 21st New Student Orientation, she stands to lose a $10,000 scholarship that has already been awarded her.  We really do not want to see that happen.  Every little bit helps; so please give.  It will return to you in ways that you never imagined.

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To anyone who find it in his or her heart to donate $100 or more, I will personally volunteer 20 hours of my services as a very enthusiastic “Funds Raiser” for the project of their choosing. As well as the perk that everyone who contributes will receive; follow up photos and reports of Lauren's academic progress. Thank You.
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