GoFundMe Awards $10,000 in College Scholarship To Alyssa Wray at Virginia Tech

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., October 20, 2016 -- GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, today announced ten recipients of the GoFundMe Scholarship, including Alyssa Wray at Virginia Tech. Ten college or postgraduate students were awarded $10,000 each to help pay for their education.

Alyssa Wray is an honor student who graduated high school with a 4.01 GPA. Wray has always prioritized her education and was excited to attend Virginia Tech this fall. When her sister contracted a rare “flesh-eating” bacterial infection, which requires someone to be with her 24 hours a day, Alyssa and her family focused on her sister’s recovery. Medical bills have taken a toll on the family, so Alyssa turned to GoFundMe to help with tuition for her first year at Virginia Tech.

“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.

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