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Kyare Turner, from Washington, D.C., thrived during his first year studying engineering at Morehouse College in Atlanta. But at the start of his sophomore year this August, he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to stay in school. Why? His family was struggling to come up with the $12,360.46 he owed for tuition. Turner turned to mentor Mark Hecker, executive director of Reach Incorporated, a Washington, D.C.-based program that pairs high school tutors with elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods and where Turner worked as a tutor for three years. On a whim, Hecker launched a GoFundMe campaign, raising $15,883 in contributions from 112 people. “I’m glad the community could come together to help a student who was such a strong tutor for us,” Hecker says.
Turner is just one of a growing swarm of students turning to crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, Upstart and Indiegogo to help finance their education and overcome rising college costs. About seven out of 10 college students who graduated in the spring of 2016 borrowed for their education and now carry an average of $37,172 in student debt, up 6% since last year, according to an analysis by higher-education expert Mark Kantrowitz. And students and family are increasingly thinking out of harga kulkas polytron the box to find new ways to foot the bill. Social fundraising platform GoFundMe, which has helped raise more than $100 million in education-related campaigns over the past two years, has taken note, recognizing that education has been the fastest-growing category on the platform. As a result, the company just announced a new initiative to give away $10,000 scholarships to 10 college or postgraduate students this fall.
To qualify for GoFundMe’s scholarship contest, students age 18 and older (or a family member or friend on the student’s behalf) must create a campaign on the site, use the hashtag #GFMScholarship and collect money from at least 10 unique donors. The contest will run through September 28, and winners will be announced harga kulkas sharp this October. The judging process will be based on criteria such as history of overcoming obstacles, financial need, demonstration of admirable character and demonstration of academic promise. The official rules can be found here. Of course, applicants should be prepared for some healthy competition: In less than 24 hours, GoFundMe already has 400 students entered in the contest.
In the past, students have turned to GoFundMe for everything from attending a dream school with a tuition they couldn’t afford to finishing medical school. Parents have also leaned on the site to help finance preschool and private harga kulkas 1 pintu school educations. “Far too often in this country, financial challenges can stand in the way of students pursing their educational dreams,” says Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe. “That’s why we’re seeing more and more students, parents and educators turning to GoFundMe as a solution.”
Solomon says the platform sees a lot of “empathy and enthusiasm” for education campaigns, from friends and family on up to brands. Last October, Dr. Pepper donated $46,721 to 14 GoFundMe campaigns to help with education costs. And this September, GoldieBlox, a toy and harga kulkas 2 pintu entertainment startup that aims to introduce young girls to engineering, launched a campaign to bring STEM educational materials to schools: for every $150 raised on a teacher’s GoFundMe campaign, the company will provide a kit valued at $300 that includes toys and a curriculum that meets national science education standards.
Solomon says it’s “touching to see both tight-knight circles and complete strangers coming together to help students and educators.” Perhaps just as harga kulkas panasonic touching: Having your favorite college student win an extra $10,000 to help with education costs. So enter now while the contest’s still running.