Shorewood grad is raising college money through crowdfunding site

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shorewood grad Carley Schwoerer
is crowdfunding for college

Shorewood grad Carley Schwoerer plans to attend a very non-traditional college in Monroe, the Alderleaf Wilderness College.

According to the Alderleaf website,
The Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program is a comprehensive, nine-month nature and outdoor survival course encompassing wilderness survival, wild edible and medicinal plants, wildlife tracking, outdoor leadership, and sustainable living skills. The program prepares you to apply nature skills in a variety of outdoor careers in wilderness education, environmental research, sustainable living, and beyond.

College credits are earned through an arrangement with Western State Colorado University. Tuition and expenses run between $10 -20,000 a year.

Alderleaf does not have a financial aid program and Carley didn't have that kind of money, so like many young people, she turned to social media.

She set up a GoFundMe campaign. There are several online sites like this, where people who need funds for a specific project set up a webpage, explain their fundraising goals, and anyone can donate.

So far, Carley has raised a little over $2,000.

Thursday morning, King5 ran a story on her. Crowdfunding for College Tuition.

Carley hopes to begin classes in September.

It is very important to learn how to live in a way that is more beneficial to the natural world. Attending this program will bring me one step closer to being able to teach others how to live in a way that is more sufficient and constructive. 


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