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Where Are the Funds? Valedictorian Could Lose Out on College
August 11, 2013
Makawao, HI - Valedictorian Catherine Carnabuci of Maui, Hawaii, stood at her High School graduation podium last May speaking to her classmates about the future, even though her college dreams stood in jeopardy. Just a few months earlier, she was thrilled to find out that she had been accepted into her first choice college, her only acceptance out of five schools she applied to, but disappointed only a few days later to see that her financial aid package left a giant $40,000 hole in her dreams of attending Philadelphia’s Drexel University Film School.
“I wanted to go to Film School forever,” Carnabuci states, “I want to make films that make a difference in the world.” In High School, she filmed Public Service Announcements, and one in particular that encourages high schoolers not to smoke, among others.
Meanwhile, mom, Patricia Inman, had undergone surgery just a few years prior for Kidney Cancer, and with all the accompanying treatments and testing to keep the cancer at bay, along with her husband’s loss of employment and health benefits during the economic downturn, all savings were depleted and their house went into foreclosure. Even though the family are full US citizens, private student loans are only for the credit-worthy, despite what unfortunate circumstances life, and the economy, brings them. And, despite their daughter’s earnest studies earning her the award of valedictorian.
Refusing to give up, the family started their own small business making artisan pastas from fresh, local ingredients, and began selling it at local Farmers’ Markets. While the business helped the family climb out of foreclosure, with only months under their belt, it is not yet in a position to dole out the $40,000 this year for Drexel tuition, room and board. What are families to do in such a tough economy when the most deserving of children are unable to attend college to pursue their dreams?
One creative method to funding college debt large and small are Crowdfunding sites. In fact, with a little ingenuity, Miss Carnabuci may make still have hope to make it to Drexel next month. With the tuition bill looming and a payment due within the month, the family has started a Crowdfunding campaign. What they are hoping will be a winning campaign is giving “Pasta Gift Packages” in return for support for Miss Carnabuci’s college donations. “We have a business that makes delicious pasta,” mom, Patricia Inman states, “why not combine the two? Folks can help us get Catherine to college and receive a generous reward of pasta in return!” To learn more about Miss Carnabuci’s fundraiser “Send a Valedictorian to College – Earn Pasta!” visit www.gofundme.com/valedictorian.
To learn more about this story, contact:
Patricia Inman, Maui Pasta Company
8 Alana Place, Makawao HI