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June 13, 2014
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Online campaign to raise tuition for long jumper

An Internet campaign has been launched to seek funding for Jamaican long jumper, Yanique Levy, to assist with the completion of a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Levy represented Jamaica at the Central America and Caribbean games, in July 2011, in the long jump where she placed fourth. She also represented Jamaica at the Pan American games in 2011 where she made it to the finals.

On the online fund-raising site, fundly.com, Levy has pleaded to the public for donations to assist with payment of the balance of her more than US$15,555 or more than J$1.7 million. Her tuition is US$31,000 (J$3.4 million). She has, so far, received close to US$5,000 (J$555,400) in donations.

The aspiring psychologist stated that she has tried other alternatives to acquire funding for her tuition but was unsuccessful.

"I am an international student, therefore I am unable to apply for student loans on my own, a dear friend of mine agreed to co-sign on a private loan for me but had to withdraw at the eleventh hour for personal reasons. At this late stage, I have few remaining options to pay my tuition."

Levy also revealed that because of her inability to pay the balance on her tuition, she is at risk of not only being kicked out of the institution but also losing her F-1 status (student visa.)

She also stated that she would be devastated if she were unable to complete her studies because "my family used all their savings in Jamaica to cover my travel expenses and pay my tuition".

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