As most of you may know, I am just about to finish my 3rd year as a transfer student at UCLA. I'm not the "traditional student" often associated with college - I'm 28, spent four years in the Marine Corps, and three years in sales before deciding to go to school. During my first year, I fell upon serious financial stress. While I had a slight amount of savings from my sales career, that dissapeared within a few months. Soon, I had literally no money. In fact, there were often days that I had nothing to eat (I know, sounds like a sob story, but it's true), and with no car, I had to ride my bike to school, which amounted to a 36 mile bike ride each day. Eventually, my GI Bill benefits kicked in, but it did take about 4 months of virtual poverty for the VA to process my first payment. Of course, I now have ample finances, as UCLA offered me a full ride plus a little extra to keep me fed, but I doubt I will ever forget those first four months of school. So, enough about me - let me get to the meat and potatos of this message. While starving, I found it odd that my college didn't have any resources available for veterans like myself. I eventually started an on-campus veteran's organization, The Grand Army of the Republic, which I used to (somewhat) improve the lives of veterans at my school and in my community. I have been thinking long and hard about the soldiers, sailors, and Marines who will soon be returning home after a long and dangerous tour in the Middle East. I figure that many of them will opt to enroll in college upon their return. While their GI Bill will give them needed financial releif, I would like to do more to help out those who might find themselves in a position similar to what I went through. Therefore, I have decided to create a scholarship fund for veterans attending Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Ca, the community college from which I transferred. The school has a scholarship program that allows an individual to donate funds and create a scholarship program with specific requirements. For example, a very nice lady named Alice Grenier started one for history majors who excell academically, and I was awarded the scholarship. While it wasn't a fortune, it was $400 dollars that I did not have before. I plan to create a fund that will, for five years, award two $500 scholarships to two qualified student each year. Students with veteran status from the US Military, who are enrolled full-time, and who meet certain currently undecided academic requirements will be invited to apply. I will be donating $100 from my pocket, and while it is not a whole heck of a lot, it is pretty much all I can spare (I am, after all, a starving college student ). The addtion $4900 required I hope to acquire through donations, much of which I plan to get via door-to-door pavement pounding. If anyone here is interested in donating money, I would greatly appreciate it. All I will be asking for from complete strangers is the change in their pocket, and that is all I will ask of you. If you feel so inclined, I will gladly accept any check, regardless of the amount, in order to build the fund. Although I am shooting for $5000, the full amount of donations I receive will be donated, regardless of how short I fall from my mark. I do not plan on keeping 10% or 15% as an administrative fee - I'm not in this to make anything for me. I am simply attempting to help those future veterans at Mount San Antonio College who are in need of financial aid. Let me know if you have an interest in helping. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, my phone # is 909-333-3113, and my address is: William Nones 2372 1/2 Park Blvd Upland, Ca 91784 Thanks for reading!