If you’re planning to go to college in 2023, you’ll be lucky enough to take advantage of one of the most generous scholarships available today—the Raise Me Scholarship.
RaiseMe is a non-profit organization dedicated to making scholarship opportunities more transparent, predictable, and motivating for students and their families.
Students who take part in the free or reduced lunch program or attend significant partner schools can begin earning micro-scholarships through the RaiseMe initiative.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to apply and what it takes to win this prestigious award!
About the Scholarship
RaiseMe is a social enterprise dedicated to increasing access to higher education, particularly for low-income and first-generation students.
Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to influence a student’s college ambitions or choices.
RaiseMe allows students to earn scholarships all through high school, beginning as early as 9th grade, for doing everything that best prepares them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community, or participating in an extracurricular.
How Do I Apply / How RaiseMe Works in 3 Steps
First, Explore Colleges: Learn more about which colleges might be a good fit for you, check out their micro-scholarships, and let them know you’re interested by clicking the “Follow” button (for each school).
The next thing is to include Your Achievements: Add each of your course grades, club involvement, sports, volunteer activities, and more to your RaiseMe Portfolio.
Finally, you will receive scholarships in recognition of Your achievements
For each achievement, you’ll receive a micro-scholarship from a college you’re interested in, the total of which you’ll receive when you attend that college.
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Who Can Apply for the Raise Me Scholarship?
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- The applicant must be a High School Student who wants to enhance their college search and earn micro-scholarships
- Also, the applicant must be an International Student in pursuit of a 4-year degree in the United States
- And also must be a Community College Student with plans to transfer to a 4-year college
What is the Deadline?
During your senior year, deadlines can be set by the college and can be as early as August or as late as May.
Technically, the deadline is at 11:59 p.m. To be submitted by our system, you must have completed your Portfolio by then and meet certain requirements.
How Much is the Raise Me Scholarship Worth?
If you apply and are accepted, the cash award from a 4-year college will be at least as much as your total earnings as shown in RaiseMe.
Tips for Applying for Raise Me Scholarship
Follow these tips for applying for the Raise Me Scholarship.
- Read the instructions thoroughly, and make sure you have all the documents needed before you apply.
- Pay close attention to the due date of your application form, as late applications will not be accepted.
- Make sure that your essay is up-to-par with the criteria set by RaiseMe in order to increase your chances of winning this scholarship.
- When answering questions on the form, answer them honestly and use examples from your life to support what you are saying.
- Start researching topics early because when it comes time to write about them, it’s going to be hard if you’ve never given any thought about what they could mean or how they relate to other people.
- Make sure you’re eligible.
- Submit applications as early as possible.
- Carefully read through the application requirements for what’s expected of you in terms of submitting work samples or other documents so that you know how much time is needed to complete each section of your application fully before starting on any part of it.
Raise Me Scholarship: FAQs
Q: How do students make use of RaiseMe?
A: Students can create a portfolio of their accomplishments. Follow colleges to see their scholarship earnings grow!
Check out our Classroom Guide PDF on the Educator page to see an in-depth demonstration of how students can earn their first Micro-Scholarship and share the process with them.
Q: How many scholarships will a student receive for each goal reached on RaiseMe?
A: The Micro-Scholarships available to students on RaiseMe vary depending on what each college offers.
Some Micro-Scholarships can range from $500 to more than $1,000. For example, if a student receives an A in English, he or she may be eligible for scholarships from dozens of colleges through RaiseMe.
Q: Who is eligible to use RaiseMe? Is RaiseMe only available to high school students?
A: RaiseMe is available to students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend high school in the United States.
RaiseMe is also open to educators (teachers and counselors from high schools, non-profit organizations, and other institutions that work with high school students).
Educators can log in to their own Educator Dashboard (www.RaiseMe/educators ) to connect with students, follow colleges, and access resources to help students learn how to earn even more scholarships.
Q: Can a high school student begin using RaiseMe at any time?
A: Yes. Students can automatically fill out their high school portfolio with achievements dating back to the beginning of 9th grade, and they will be eligible for scholarships as if they had been using RaiseMe since 9th grade.
The more complete a student’s portfolio, the more opportunities they will have to earn micro-scholarships.
Q: Which colleges offer scholarships through RaiseMe?
A: RaiseMe has over 100 colleges that award Micro-Scholarships, and many more are in the process of joining. When new colleges that students may be interested in are added to RaiseMe, we will notify them.
If a student follows a college on RaiseMe that becomes a partner, and the student meets the college’s Micro-Scholarship requirements, the student will be automatically qualified to begin earning Micro-Scholarships to that school.
Q: What is the minimum GPA for each college listed?
A: Each RaiseMe college has its own minimum GPA requirement. One college may have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (typically an equal mix of Bs and Cs), whereas another college may have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Raise Me Scholarship: Conclusion
We hope this blog post has given you a clearer understanding of what Raise Me’s scholarship is, how it helps students, and what the application process entails. We encourage all eligible applicants who are passionate about their future to apply!