GoFundMe Awards $10,000 in College Scholarship To Amir Fluellen at Salisbury University
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., October 20, 2016 -- GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, today announced ten recipients of the GoFundMe Scholarship, including Philadelphia, PA native Amir Fluellen at Salisbury University. Ten college or postgraduate students were awarded $10,000 each to help pay for their education.
Amir Fluellen’s father has been incarcerated since before Amir could walk. The Philadelphia native is starting his freshman year at Salisbury University in Maryland. He and his two brothers were raised primarily by his mother, and at age 5, Amir made a promise to his parents that he would graduate from college. He was well on his way until his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Though she has recovered, the financial burden of her illness limited his family’s ability to help him pay for college. Amir, an avid lacrosse player, turned to GoFundMe for help.
“We’re proud and excited to help these remarkable, determined students achieve their educational dreams,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “All of us here have been touched by the stories shared by the scholarship winners, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll continue to give back to their communities.”
Over the past several years, students, teachers, and parents are increasingly turning to GoFundMe to raise money for education expenses, including tuition. In fact, in the last two years, over $100 million has been raised on GoFundMe for education related campaigns, making it the fastest growing category on the platform.
Every month, college campaigns raise more than $1.5 million on GoFundMe, with the average campaign raising nearly $2,000. In just the last 12 months, $20 million has been raised for college tuition on GoFundMe. With the average college graduate in 2016 facing $37,172 in student loan debt—up 6% from last year—the need is clear.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world's largest online fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.