Heading off to college is expensive and daunting for anyone. But what if you are the first person in your family to go to college? And what if you’re already working multiple jobs to pay for tuition, room, board and books?
Families spend as much as $1000 when they outfit their kids for their new dorm rooms. But as a first gen kid, how do you know what to buy? And how can you afford everything you need if money is tight?
This is where Grown and Flown Parents wanted to help make a difference.
We partnered with UT Austin College of Liberal Arts to support their students. Since 2011, UT’s 4-year graduation rate has risen from 51% to 66% by helping students with academic support, mentorships, and financial aid. Graduating on time is a crucial way for students to avoid racking up debt which may happen if they stretch their college life out beyond four years or worse, if they fail to graduate and drop out before earning a degree.
Last year, Grown and Flown Move in Moms raised the money and bought dorm essentials from a national retailer. The wonderful staff at UT unloaded the enormous delivery and set up a small store as they waited for the freshmen to arrive.
Each student got a laundry hamper filled with twin XL sheets, towels, a shower caddy, mattress topper, mattress cover, surge protector and a pillow. ALL FOR FREE. And Lisa and Mary Dell were on hand to meet the students in the Foundation Scholars Program, chat with their moms (and a few grandmoms) and help hand out the bundles.
And at least one of us cried.
These supplies would ordinarily cost at least $200 per student but they got everything they needed thanks to the generosity of the Grown and Flown Parents FB Group, UT alumni, and friends and family.
We are now raising money to support a new freshman class of UT Foundation Scholars. Will you help us?
Five Ways to Donate to Move in Moms
Grown and Flown is donating commissions on the sales of the following from May 1-August 30. Please support our project by making a purchase.
1. T-Shirt Quilt
Project Repat will transform a stack of your kid’s t-shirts (from camp, senior year, athletics, band, etc) into a quilt that is a perfect reminder of home (and a great way to re-deploy the growing stack of momentos in your kid’s closet.) Make sure to include the code Grownandflown for a 35% discount on your order.
2. Coffee Mugs
Mornings are just much, much happier for us when we start them off with coffee in one of these oversized mugs.
Note-to-self socks are the most comfortable ones we have ever worn and we promise you will be even more motivated to work out when you put on a pair.
4. Donate via Paypal at [email protected]
5. Mail a check
Grown and Flown, PO Box 810, Katonah, NY 10536
Huge thanks to each of the generous donors listed below:
Move in Mom Donors
Cindy Norman Moser
Theresa Beach Kilman
Sarah Winer Maizes
Cary Lauritzen Welsh
Chantal Woolf Schwartz
Nina Pearlstein Fetner
Ellen Reavis Gerstein
Brenda Falconer Harris
Becca Sankary Bodzy
Laurie Hall leister
Jessica Potts Lahey
Carol Fishman Cohen
Linda Maltz Wolff
Nancy Davis Kho
Lisa Stapelton Weldon
Andrea Bates Gerlach
Grown and Flown Writer/Donors
Holli Fawcett Clayton
Lisa Kanarek Kessler
Grown and Flown Contributions
FB Dev Prize
Note to Self