E-Jayy!.. "From COMPTON 2 HARVARD!"

$22,900 of $32,000 goal

Raised by 204 people in 32 months
The short story!

Hi everyone, my name is Sherree, and my son, Elijah "E-Jayy" DeVaughn, has achieved the improbable and made history in Compton -- acceptance to HARVARD UNIVERSITY class of 2021.  

He could use your help making the improbable more possible. Though E-Jayy has been awarded tuition and room and board, there are still many expenses not yet covered for the next 4 years at Harvard.  Here are the major expenses we still need to cover:

-books
-school supply items (computer & good old fashioned notebooks and pens)
-travel between our home in California to Boston, Massachusetts
-extracurricular activities and clubs
-dormitory and survival items
-warm clothes
-food off campus

Harvard estimates that these out of pocket expenses will add up to at least $2,900/per year as you can see in this letter we received recently from them.  Since E-Jayy will want to go above and beyond as he always has before we estimate his costs will be higher.  That said, at ~$4,000/year, E-Jayy will need ~$16,000.

He would greatly appreciate any donations so he can focus 100% on his studies and get the most of his education.  He aspires ultimately to give back to his community in whatever capacity God sees fit for him!

We’re setting our goal at $16,000 in hopes to cover his college expenses, but additionally, we still have several expenses to help E-Jayy finish high school with a clean financial slate too.  E-Jayy would like to attend a few
extracurriculars including a New York theatre trip that amounts to $1,900 and a UK theatre production trip that totals $3,800 that any much appreciated donations above $16,000 would cover.

For more info about E-Jayy , view the NBC news video ‌here!

Thank you for reading!

Photos from this year:

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More details about E-Jayy!

He was raised by me as a single mom for the first 13 years of his life. On weekends, he visited his father who was serving a 13-year sentence in federal Prison (Taft Correctional Facility) .  Some men succumb, others rise above.  E-Jayy beat all the odds, and is poised to capture  the world by storm!

And you can help him.

You would be helping a youth who has helped himself, to say the least.   With dedication and consistent effort, E-Jayy maintained a 4.0 GPA (Straight A's) throughout his school years. E-jayy is Cum Laude of his class, and one of the first African American students to obtain this prestigious CHADWICK SCHOOL induction.  His rigorous academic schedule includes ALL AP COURSES, while engaging himself in Theatre, Football, Chorus, Track and Field, and as an active "Peer Mentor.”

A youth with many talents and much potential, E-Jayy was recognized as California High School BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for the past two consecutive years!  He has also been nominated for the Jerry Herman Theatrical Award for Best Supporting Actor.

His talents do not stop there. In 2016, E-Jayy was So Cal Sports Athlete of the Week, for which The Daily Breeze Newspaper honored him with a feature story depicting his many accomplishments.

He’s fluent in Spanish and was inducted into his school’s Spanish Honors Society during his 9th grade year.

We are so PROUD of E-Jayy in The City of COMPTON! His dad has made it home safely. He’s now actively actively engaged in his son’s life, and has integrated himself back into society as a productive citizen. Yes!

As a community who strives to see young inner city students DREAM BIG and SOAR HIGH… Let’s proudly send E-Jayy from COMPTON to HARVARD with an easy transition, allowing him to reach new levels and represent Compton, California while obtaining his professional goals.

E-Jayy DeVaughn is HISTORY in the making and deserves to have a stress free college experience at HARVARD UNIVERSITY.   Your donation will make a huge difference to him!

#ThatKiddFromCompton

#FromCOMPTON2HARVARD!

#HARVARD2021

#ALLBRAINPOWER!

#Jeremiah26:11

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I hope you all are well. I sit writing this email from my residence in Washington D.C., overlooking the center of these United States, also known as Capitol Hill. But before I detail what brought me to Washington, I want to tell you how I faired in my first year at Harvard.

Honestly, it was hard, amazing, challenging, and victorious all in one. My first year presented me with opportunities to engage with writing in a way that I never have before, as I considered the musings of my forefathers in a class called "Stories of Slavery and Freedom." My first year presented me with a chance to augment my thespian proclivities, as I performed in Harvard's MainStage production, joined Harvard's premiere Jubilee Choir, and even participated in Harvard's biggest fashion show named Eleganza. Above all, my first year allowed me to engage with politics in a way I never have before: in taking on leadership positions at Harvard's Institute of Politics and working with CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, I garnered a deeper love for this great nation and thereby came to terms with its shortcomings.

To be frank, it is hard to live in this nation. As a person who comes from nothing, it is hard to make it: it is hard to live pay check to pay check; it is hard to afford a higher education; it is hard oftentimes to create a life for oneself if he or she is born with nothing, coming from a family who has never experienced the illustrious, money-filled "American Dream." I know this struggle all too well. I was that person who came from a poor family, whose destiny from birth was not higher education but was in fact the lower end of society's totem pole; I was supposed to be nothing, but somehow I became something.

Yet GoFundMe was the final step. Sure, I got into Harvard, but without the GoFundMe platform, the GoFundMe team, and all of you, all my dreams were simply potential realities but not realities themselves. GoFundMe gave me the opportunity to attend Harvard University and therefore to achieve a GPA of 3.8 in my first year and therefore to be sitting in this very chair right now––in Washington D.C. interning for Senator Kamala Harris. GoFundMe gave me the chance to create a better life for myself and my family.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, everyone! While the first year is done, another one is just around the corner, and tuition at these institutions keep rising, so anything you can give would be a blessing! You all are a part of this journey and making my dreams a reality! Let's try to raise $10,000 more!

Blessings,
EJayy
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E-Jayy is having the most enjoyable freshman semester at HARVARD UNIVERSITY!
E-Jayy work with Symone Sanders @Harvard
E-Jayy Winter Break Speaking 2 Students
E-Jayy Easter Day at HARVARD
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Wowww!
Thanks everyone for the SUPPORT’
Our Family...GODs GRACE
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Mary Ellen Gemel
32 months ago

I stumbled across this story on my news feed. What a truly amazing young man! I wish you all the success in the world. As a mother I know just how proud your mom is. I will share your story!

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Ramon Parramore
31 months ago
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5

As a Marine I will donate$10.00 to any mailing address you designate; an challenge All Marines to match this. I'm a child of 7 kids who's Mom raised us cleaning homes to support us with no Dad in the house. Let's help this kid GO Marines.

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Megan Johnson
32 months ago
5
5

This is amazing congrats!!!

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Daniel
10 months ago
3
3

Hey, E-Jaay, I'm a member of the board of the Harvard Club of San Diego. We love to see people like you get in and succeed! Good luck! We'll be rooting for you!

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Butter Ain't NoJoke
32 months ago
3
3

I am so prolix of you and will continue to share your story and hopefully donate more!!! You are something special!!!

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Renee Lewis
32 months ago
2
2

Congrats nephew !! I'm so very proud of you !

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Emma
9 months ago
1
1

Love this - #Jeremiah29:11 x

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Tina Miller
28 months ago
1
1

This is truly an amazing accomplishment and you have every right to be proud! I'm struggling to find a way to get people to help my niece get to New York with her business class, but our gofundme page isn't doing so well. I'll just keep praying about it! Good bless you on your wonderful journey! You'll do great things

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Butter Ain't NoJoke
32 months ago
1
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*proud

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Sharise Rollins
10 months ago

I just started a GoFundMe to help with my family. It would mean a lot to me if you checked it out@ help the Rollins family, and considered donating or sharing it on your Facebook Timeline! Even a $5 donation will help me get closer to my goal. Thanks again for considering.

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Jeremy
11 months ago

Hi. My name is Jeremy. Congrats Elijah on your success in getting into Harvard. I'm from Georgia and I am also facing the same financial issues. I am graduating high school, but tuition to the University of Georgia is very expensive. You can read more about me and my story on my campaign. Please support a fellow brother and help me to achieve my goals of being the first person in my family to go to college :)

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David
2 months ago

Congratulations on sharing your story from Compton to Harvard E-Jayy and the great success chapter unfolding. You deserve it! Amazing!

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Katrina Marie
2 months ago

I love this!

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Tyeshia
7 months ago

I am not getting any results from my gofundme account. Don't know what to do about it... anything would help PLEASE

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Courtney
7 months ago

Can someone help us, we are trying to raise awareness for our situation: our gofundme is "Help us raise money to pay off car" and if you can't donate, can you share our gofundme. Thank you so much

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Brian
8 months ago

Congratulations to this young man. I think mom had a lot to do with his success. Great job to both of you!!!! Dreams do come true!!! Wishing this family all the best in life!

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Fathia
10 months ago

Congratulations on your success . wishing you the best. I want to complete my school and I did started by joining Ashford University but I had some family issues that prevented me in achieving success. I'm trying to re-enroll and I started a campaign a while ago but was not lucky to receive any help. I would be so grateful if you visited my campaign and supported me'

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$5
Tim Mongolia
4 days ago

Good luck. Best wishes for you.

LK
$100
Lisa Khan
10 days ago
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I was listening to Joel Osteen in the car and heard your story - I googled Compton to Harvard and it led me to this page. Way to go mom and son! I love your story and admire your faith and perseverance. One of my closest friends is from Compton and made it to the Major leagues One of my close friends is from Compton, too - his hard work led him to being a hall of fame MLB player. Anything is possible with hard work and trust in God.

KR
$10
Krishna Ragheven
19 days ago
1
1

I support black power and black community and me as a immigrant know how tough it is here to grow up.. and he has done a great job setting himself as a role model.. it is my duty to support him

RB
$20
Roxxii Blanco
23 days ago
1
1

I want to help my son with the same goals. As mothers, we love our sons and want to see them succeed. We know life can be difficult, but helping our son's will make this world a better place.

$10
Dinah Donovon
1 month ago
5
5

I'm sorry it's so little. I too have a fundraiser here for my service dog fighting a tumor. But I cried reading this, knowing I didn't have twenty dollars to my name to donate. Then I read your amazing recent entry from an hour away..... Because you, you history making man, are interning for my choice for Prez,!!! What after the odds?! One in twenty! Unbelievable!! That's the sign I had to right you and at least get you some coffee or something to eat. Bless your mother for bringing you up teaching you that those that don't learn from the past are...... You know the rest... See you on the ballot in a couple decades, E-jay?? I will be watching your bright future. And wishing you everything you desire because your dedication and ambition brings me hope that the generation behind mine has got some sense!!!! Best wishes, Wunderkind! Dinah Donovon

$5
Marcia Coleman
2 months ago

Positive story!

$20
Debbie McGarry
2 months ago
2
2

Love your story!!

ST
$15
Shante Taylor
3 months ago
2
2

Congrats!!!! I believe in you as a Black man and it’s with great honor that I contribute to your roar to success although it’s such a small token! I attend Delaware State University and Ive made so many sacrifices to obtain my education. God bless you I love you and I know you’ll do wonders in your life! #Black Excellence

$20
Anonymous
4 months ago
$10
Ryan Conaway
4 months ago
1
1

Higher Ed=Higher Pay Good Luck Ym fr fr

Mary Ellen Gemel
32 months ago

I stumbled across this story on my news feed. What a truly amazing young man! I wish you all the success in the world. As a mother I know just how proud your mom is. I will share your story!

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Ramon Parramore
31 months ago
5
5

As a Marine I will donate$10.00 to any mailing address you designate; an challenge All Marines to match this. I'm a child of 7 kids who's Mom raised us cleaning homes to support us with no Dad in the house. Let's help this kid GO Marines.

+ Read More
Megan Johnson
32 months ago
5
5

This is amazing congrats!!!

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Daniel
10 months ago
3
3

Hey, E-Jaay, I'm a member of the board of the Harvard Club of San Diego. We love to see people like you get in and succeed! Good luck! We'll be rooting for you!

+ Read More
Butter Ain't NoJoke
32 months ago
3
3

I am so prolix of you and will continue to share your story and hopefully donate more!!! You are something special!!!

+ Read More
Renee Lewis
32 months ago
2
2

Congrats nephew !! I'm so very proud of you !

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Emma
9 months ago
1
1

Love this - #Jeremiah29:11 x

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Tina Miller
28 months ago
1
1

This is truly an amazing accomplishment and you have every right to be proud! I'm struggling to find a way to get people to help my niece get to New York with her business class, but our gofundme page isn't doing so well. I'll just keep praying about it! Good bless you on your wonderful journey! You'll do great things

+ Read More
Butter Ain't NoJoke
32 months ago
1
1

*proud

+ Read More
Sharise Rollins
10 months ago

I just started a GoFundMe to help with my family. It would mean a lot to me if you checked it out@ help the Rollins family, and considered donating or sharing it on your Facebook Timeline! Even a $5 donation will help me get closer to my goal. Thanks again for considering.

+ Read More
Jeremy
11 months ago

Hi. My name is Jeremy. Congrats Elijah on your success in getting into Harvard. I'm from Georgia and I am also facing the same financial issues. I am graduating high school, but tuition to the University of Georgia is very expensive. You can read more about me and my story on my campaign. Please support a fellow brother and help me to achieve my goals of being the first person in my family to go to college :)

+ Read More
David
2 months ago

Congratulations on sharing your story from Compton to Harvard E-Jayy and the great success chapter unfolding. You deserve it! Amazing!

+ Read More
Katrina Marie
2 months ago

I love this!

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Tyeshia
7 months ago

I am not getting any results from my gofundme account. Don't know what to do about it... anything would help PLEASE

+ Read More
Courtney
7 months ago

Can someone help us, we are trying to raise awareness for our situation: our gofundme is "Help us raise money to pay off car" and if you can't donate, can you share our gofundme. Thank you so much

+ Read More
Brian
8 months ago

Congratulations to this young man. I think mom had a lot to do with his success. Great job to both of you!!!! Dreams do come true!!! Wishing this family all the best in life!

+ Read More
Fathia
10 months ago

Congratulations on your success . wishing you the best. I want to complete my school and I did started by joining Ashford University but I had some family issues that prevented me in achieving success. I'm trying to re-enroll and I started a campaign a while ago but was not lucky to receive any help. I would be so grateful if you visited my campaign and supported me'

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