Crowdfund Your Bill
If you have a school bill that you need to pay but cannot afford it, SponsoredScholar can be a great solution for you. Oftentimes, bills of $500 - $1,500 can be the difference between leaving and staying in school. We want to help you stay and graduate.
SponsoredScholar is Neumann University’s crowdfunding solution that empowers students like you to raise money so you can worry less about how you are going to afford your education and spend more time on your classes and studies.
How It Works
SponsoredScholar is like GoFundMe in the sense that you create a crowdfunding page (i.e., online fundraising page) where you share your story and accept gifts.However, unlike GoFundMe, SponsoredScholar provides you with the simple and proven three-step process to raise the money you need:
- Tell your story on your campaign page
- Upload the email addresses of 10+ contacts
- Send multiple fundraising emails to your contacts
Campaigns are, by default, 30 days, at which point your campaign turns off and no additional gifts can be made towards your campaign. If you reach your goal before 30 days, this will result in your campaign also ending and turning off.
To utilize SponsoredScholar, you are expected to meet the following requirements:
- Create a campaign page that includes your story and a profile picture
- Upload a minimum of 10 email addresses
- Send a minimum of three emails to your contacts
If you do not meet these requirements, you may lose eligibility for using SponsoredScholar.
SponsoredScholar Scholarship Fund
By using SponsoredScholar, you may become eligible for earning a $250 scholarship to help cover your bills.
SponsoredScholar Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
In order for you to earn the $250 scholarship, you must complete each of the following:
- Create a campaign page
- Identify 10+ people in your support network
- Upload their email addresses into SponsoredScholar
- Send your contacts three rounds of emails (templates are provided in SponsoredScholar)
- And raise at least $500 from your support network
Important: you must complete all of the items above to earn the $250 scholarship. You must raise a minimum of $500 to earn the scholarship. If you raise more than $500, you will still earn the $250 scholarship, but no additional scholarship funding will be awarded. This scholarship can only go towards paying an existing bill.
To pay your bill using SponsoredScholar, follow these steps:
Step 1 Sign up for SponsoredScholar using your Neumann email address and Student ID
Step 2 Navigate to your school email inbox and click on the verification link provided in the signup verification email
Step 3 Enter your campaign details, such as goal amount (i.e., your bill amount) and launch date
Step 4 Create your campaign page by telling your story
Step 5 Upload 10+ email addresses into your SponsoredScholar account that you want to invite to support your education
Step 6 Send fundraising emails to your contacts using the email templates provided in SponsoredScholar
Optional: in addition to email, you may also share your campaign page through social media, text messages, messaging apps, in person, etc.
Step 7 You will receive email messages each time a supporter makes a gift so you can send them a personalized thank you message through SponsoredScholar
Step 8 At the completion of your campaign, your funds will be posted to your account and automatically applied towards your bill
If you’d like to learn more or have specific questions about SponsoredScholar, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 558-5521. Good luck with your campaign!