Seychelle Doley was on cloud nine after learning that she was accepted to the prestigious Harvard University – another major milestone for the prolific overachiever at Wolmer’s High School for Girls – a dream that could be cut short if she doesn’t get one last push to start her first year as a freshman this fall.
Doley, who received a huge boost when she was awarded US$76,313 from the Harvard Faculty Scholarship & Grants department, is short an additional US$6,750 and has since launched a GoFundMe account to make up the balance.
The GoFundMe campaign, according to organisers the Wolmer’s Alumni Association Inc (South Florida Chapter), will cover several unbilled costs to include miscellaneous school and start-up expenses as well as air and ground travel.
“The matriculation process for admitted students begins promptly on May 1. I am scheduled to depart in mid-August to participate in Harvard’s First-Year International Pre-Orientation (FIP) Programme. As such, it is important to establish financial security by June 15, in order to make the necessary payments and arrangements outlined by the institution,” Doley writes.
The budding Biomedical Engineer or Research Scientist calls biology and philanthropy as her first loves and secured 15 Grade Ones in the CSEC examinations—including four top-10 placements on the CSEC Merit List in Jamaica.
The well-rounded young woman, Doley is also a member of Jamaica’s Junior National Field Hockey team and has represented the island in both the Junior Youth Olympic Qualifiers and the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC).
As she prepares to sit CAPE examinations in a matter of weeks, Doley is keeping her fingers crossed that come August, she will be among those starting their first year at Harvard.
Her GoFundMe campaign has raised US$2,300 or 34 per cent of her target in four days, with donations pouring in from well-wishers and past students of Wolmer’s.
“I am extremely grateful, honoured and excited about the tremendous opportunity I have been granted, however, my intense emotions have been subdued as I lack a portion of the finances necessary to attend Harvard this Fall 2020,” Doley explained.
“I sincerely hope that you will make a liberal investment/donation to bring me closer to embarking on this life-changing journey at Harvard University. Thank you in advance,” she continued.
Persons wishing to contribute to Seychelle Doley’s dream to Harvard may follow this link.