Help Nils Skudra Through Grad School!

For: Nils Skudra
Greensboro, NC
Organizer: Quay Stearns
Help Nils Skudra Through Grad School! (Nils Skudra)
$1,273
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 24 donors
42% Complete

The Story

Since he was a kid, my good friend Nils has dreamed of being a Civil War historian and has engrossed himself in learning everything about the Civil War. In undergraduate school, where he was my roommate for two years, he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in History. He is now in his second semester of his master's program in Civil War history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is thrilled to be living in a place where the Civil War took place, and he volunteers at a local military park and holds a museum internship. 

Nils faces many challenges from having Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that makes socializing difficult. I've seen him overcome many huge hurdles over the four years I've known him due to his tenacious spirit. Wanting to help others with the same challenges, Nils founded a club for students on the autism spectrum, which you can read about here. For all of his hard work, Nils won a $500 scholarship from the Kerry Magro Foundation, a nonprofit that helps students with autism pursue a post-secondary education. You can read about him at the KMF website here.

Nils is currently living with his mom, Renee, in a small house. Income Renee and Nils relied on to pay for undergraduate school in California have become unavailable or harder to obtain in graduate school in North Carolina. Renee raised Nils on her own since he was born, and she has faced so many huge difficulties helping Nils achieve his goal. She is currently overwhelmed with paying for her and Nils' living expenses and Nils' tuition and books. I hope this fundraiser will help Renee and Nils through the final stretch of acheiving their shared dream for which they have worked so hard and long.

Thank you for reading!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 23, 2017

Posted on July 23, 2017

Thank you for all of the new donations!

Nils finished his summer class with an "A" in June and has since then been on a 6-week summer break. He's been spending his break recuperating from the stress of school, working an internship, volunteering at local historical parks, and working his job as a docent for UNCG for 15 hours a week. He has asked his supervisor for more hours, applied to several jobs, and posted an ad for tutoring, but has yet to secure more work for the summer. His summer tuition of $1300 is due on July 28th, and if it isn't paid by then, he will be blocked for his Fall semester.

The good news is that Nils will be eligible for in-state tuition and considerable financial help from Greensboro Vocational Services starting August 1st! Getting his Summer tuition paid by July 28th would mean he gets to continue in the Fall! He has one more year of school to go, so let's help him get past this hump!

Posted on May 14, 2017

Posted on May 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has donated! Nils and his mom are very thankful. Please pray that Nils is able to finish school and that he and his mom aren't stressed. 

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