Crowdfunding your way to a college diploma

Two years ago Destiny Nieves was in a bind. The Henry County high school student was excited about…

Georgia (Dec 1, 2014)Two years ago Destiny Nieves was in a bind. The Henry County high school student was excited about starting her college career at Emory University, but not so excited about the price tag.


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Grants and a scholarship were paying a large part of her tuition, but the funds were not enough to cover additional fees, books and living expenses. A friend recommended she take her fundraising efforts to the Internet and try crowdfunding. …

“I think of this as the old patronage system where royalty would sponsor causes and individuals,” said Tyra Burton, a senior lecturer of marketing and professional sales at Kennesaw State University. “Now we see everyday Jan and Joe Smith able to do this.”

Nieves, who has since transferred to Kennesaw State, raised $495 through her crowdfunding account. … 


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