A response to a letter about scholarships

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2006

I am writing in response to the letter to the editor, "Why aren't there more scholarships, grants?" published July 26. Well if the student has $1,600 to pay for rent, that means she or he is living a well-to-do lifestyle.

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I remember when I went to college. I had many difficulties - no money for food or a nice car - but I managed to finish my Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees with all the difficulties. I also did not have money to buy expensive clothing, so I wore the same clothes all week and had to work two jobs to support my brother, while attending school in New York.

People do not realize that part of attending college is to sacrifice many things in life - for example, a cell phone, a car, new clothes and expensive apartments. Please get real, as you stated you already got three scholarships, student loans and Pell grants - that should be enough.

There are many ways to finance education, such as working while attending school and using public transportation. Also, here in Juneau we have public housing to meet the needs of our Juneau residents. Finally, please do not complain, because we do have many scholarships and grants to go to school. You are just abusing the system.

Alfredo Velazquez


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