Alondra Carmona from Houston had been accepted to the Ivy League Barnard's College before giving up the funds to help her mom.
A Texas teen who saved up money for college decided to give it away to her mother, a single parent so that she could pay rent. Alondra Carmona, 18, from Houston had dreams of going to Barnard College in New York City since she was 15-years-old. This came true when she was accepted to the Ivy League college but fate had other plans. Around the same time, she got to know that her mother had been out of a job for the last three months but hid it from the family. Prior to coronavirus and the subsequent shutdowns, she had already suffered an ankle injury that made working difficult. The pandemic exacerbated the family's financial situation. But like someone wise once said, those who give will receive more. And that's exactly what happened in Carmona's case because once people got to know of the girl's situation, help from strangers poured in.
The Yes Prep East End senior started a GoFundMe Page to help her finance her studies. Even Barnard got to know about one of their accepted applicants' plight and decided to help and offered her a financial package of $60,000. Speaking with Good Morning America about her mom, Carmona said, "She works in the Port of Houston, and people work so close together, and the jobs died down [during COVID-19]. She was really worried how she was going to get back on her feet." The teen did a six-week internship in cervical cancer research at Rice University, Houston in 2018, for which she got a stipend of $1,000 that went into her college savings fund. She supplemented that income by working part-time at a restaurant.
Alondra Carmona's story made national headlines and now, a Houston businessman is helping another dream in her college journey come true. https://t.co/TnEnDMHOLC— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) February 10, 2021
But when she found out her mother was behind on rent by $2,000, she decided to give her all of the $1,800 she had saved. "She's always been a single parent and would work nights when I was little. My sisters and I would stay home alone ... it was really hard, but she made sacrifices for us to have a better life. She's also wanted me to have a better education, and I got accepted to my dream school all because of her," Carmona said. She and her mother are presently staying with one of the girl's sisters. As of Wednesday, Caromona's GoFundMe page has already received $142,307 of the $75,000 goal, with donations from 4,000 donors. "Some of the money I'll use to help my mom pay [more] rent," she said while adding, "And I'm so grateful to Barnard for helping me so much. They really are such an amazing school."
Alondra gave up her entire college savings to help her mom pay rent.— GoFundMe (@gofundme) February 9, 2021
Now the teen isn't sure if she'll be able to pay for her Ivy League education.
*Cue the internet coming to her rescue* https://t.co/TFRkl5zjiV
Carmona plans to major in neuroscience and wants to become a neurosurgeon. She plans to take Latin American studies as a minor. On the fundraising page, Carmona highlighted her determination to pursue her studies. "I have worked tirelessly to look for programs and opportunities that my small school could not provide. This motivation led me to attend a 6 week research internship for cervical cancer at Rice University. While at Rice, I found that I wanted to pursue an M.D./PhD. This secured my thoughts of studying under STEM and research. All of the programs I attended were a product of my enthusiasm for learning more about medicine and science." She expressed her gratefulness at the generosity of people.
This story is a searing indictment of a country that is so broken, so corrupted by the rapacious interests of the greedy rich, that adults must depend on children, who must sacrifice their education, in order to have food and shelter. It's not "uplifting," ABC. It's Dickensian.— Dr. Ohm 🇺🇲 (@HereToRebuild) February 9, 2021
She added, "I would like to thank every single person that has donated. This is already going to help so much. I am incredibly thankful and crying right now. I can’t even describe how grateful I am. I have no words. Everyone is so supportive and loving, thank you from the bottom of my heart...You have all been a part of my dream and will make it possible. The dream that I have worked once hard is now in my reach and it is due to all the donors."