E-Jayy!.. "From COMPTON 2 HARVARD!"

The short story!

Hi everyone, my name is Sherree, and my son, Elijah "E-Jayy" DeVaughn, has achieved the improbable and made history in Compton -- acceptance to HARVARD UNIVERSITY class of 2021.  

He could use your help making the improbable more possible. Though E-Jayy has been awarded tuition and room and board, there are still many expenses not yet covered for the next 4 years at Harvard.  Here are the major expenses we still need to cover:

-school supply items (computer & good old fashioned notebooks and pens)
-travel between our home in California to Boston, Massachusetts
-extracurricular activities and clubs
-dormitory and survival items
-warm clothes
-food off campus

Harvard estimates that these out of pocket expenses will add up to at least $2,900/per year as you can see in this letter we received recently from them.  Since E-Jayy will want to go above and beyond as he always has before we estimate his costs will be higher.  That said, at ~$4,000/year, E-Jayy will need ~$16,000.

He would greatly appreciate any donations so he can focus 100% on his studies and get the most of his education.  He aspires ultimately to give back to his community in whatever capacity God sees fit for him!

We’re setting our goal at $16,000 in hopes to cover his college expenses, but additionally, we still have several expenses to help E-Jayy finish high school with a clean financial slate too.  E-Jayy would like to attend a few
extracurriculars including a New York theatre trip that amounts to $1,900 and a UK theatre production trip that totals $3,800 that any much appreciated donations above $16,000 would cover.

For more info about E-Jayy , view the NBC news video ‌here!

Thank you for reading!

Photos from this year:


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More details about E-Jayy!

He was raised by me as a single mom for the first 13 years of his life. On weekends, he visited his father who was serving a 13-year sentence in federal Prison (Taft Correctional Facility) .  Some men succumb, others rise above.  E-Jayy beat all the odds, and is poised to capture  the world by storm!

And you can help him.

You would be helping a youth who has helped himself, to say the least.   With dedication and consistent effort, E-Jayy maintained a 4.0 GPA (Straight A's) throughout his school years. E-jayy is Cum Laude of his class, and one of the first African American students to obtain this prestigious CHADWICK SCHOOL induction.  His rigorous academic schedule includes ALL AP COURSES, while engaging himself in Theatre, Football, Chorus, Track and Field, and as an active "Peer Mentor.”

A youth with many talents and much potential, E-Jayy was recognized as California High School BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for the past two consecutive years!  He has also been nominated for the Jerry Herman Theatrical Award for Best Supporting Actor.

His talents do not stop there. In 2016, E-Jayy was So Cal Sports Athlete of the Week, for which The Daily Breeze Newspaper honored him with a feature story depicting his many accomplishments.

He’s fluent in Spanish and was inducted into his school’s Spanish Honors Society during his 9th grade year.

We are so PROUD of E-Jayy in The City of COMPTON! His dad has made it home safely. He’s now actively actively engaged in his son’s life, and has integrated himself back into society as a productive citizen. Yes!

As a community who strives to see young inner city students DREAM BIG and SOAR HIGH… Let’s proudly send E-Jayy from COMPTON to HARVARD with an easy transition, allowing him to reach new levels and represent Compton, California while obtaining his professional goals.

E-Jayy DeVaughn is HISTORY in the making and deserves to have a stress free college experience at HARVARD UNIVERSITY.   Your donation will make a huge difference to him!








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Sherree Lewis-DeVaughn 
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