BUXTON, Maine, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Krissey Taplin, a sign language interpreter from North Yarmouth had her loans paid off by Givling, a trivia game app that crowdfunds student loans.
Krissey thought she was attending a school meeting called by the principal of Bonny Eagle Middle School, to discuss a field trip; but the principal had secretly arranged the gathering so that Givling founder Lizbeth Pratt, could surprise Taplin with a giant check for $21,968.
Zack Malmquist, the 12-year-old student that Krissey works with, turned to her and signed: "Miss Taplin, your student loans are paid off."
"That was such a sweet, surreal moment for me," Taplin said.
Taplin later tweeted: "TODAY MY LIFE FOREVER CHANGED BECAUSE OF @Givling!!!"
Taplin, aged 26, is a contract worker for the school district, earns about $35,000 a year and had taken out $32,000 in student loans while studying at the University of Southern Maine for a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics.
"It is such a relief!" Taplin said. "I can now plan my future, just live life a little bit easier without that burden. Maybe I'll start looking to buy a house, or buy a car, or get married."
Givling isn't just for student loan debt. When the game's players are selected for the Live Funding Queue, they can elect to receive up to $50,000 for student loans or $25,000 for a mortgage.
Contact: Seth Beard, Seth@givling.com
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