We are dedicated to helping students from all backgrounds afford the field courses and research assistantship experiences that we offer. We fund scholarship opportunities for all of our courses, which cover all course fees (except travel), but these can be competitive to win. For those who do not wish to submit a scholarship application, or who are worried that they may not win, we strongly encourage you to join our peer-to-peer fundraising program. Every person that has used the program has been able to defray a portion, or all, of their program fees.
So how does it work? First, this is a completely optional program – you sign up only if you want to. Through our fundraising platform, you can setup a profile page and tell your story. Then, you can use built in social media tools to share the page through your personal networks. 100% of funds raised will go toward your program costs. At the end of the fundraising period (April 27th for our present course session), we will give discount codes to all participants for the amount that they raised. These funds can then be applied toward your final course payment, which would be due by May 1st. If you raise enough to cover all or a portion of your initial course down payment, this amount would be refunded to you as well.
To begin, all you need to do is register for a course. In the online application you will be asked to indicate if you would like to use our peer-to-peer funding support. Once we receive your application we will send you information on how to customize your crowd-funding page, to make it the most effective tool to appeal to your network.
Please note that none of the peer-to-peer funds raised can be refunded to donors if a field course participant drops out or decides not to attend. In this case, 100% of the unclaimed funds would go into our general scholarship fund to support future student scholarships.