RaiseMe is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low income and first generation students. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular.
- RaiseMe partners with universities to offer students scholarships for their achievements during high school and community college.
- Q: Is Raise me legitimate? (Counselor Talk, October 2018)
- Yes, it is legitimate. I know someone who received scholarship money from this program. Raise.me partners with coleges to provide the micro scholarships. Indiana State, Indiana University South Bend, and Michigan State University are examples of schools which offer scholarships using Raise.me. Contact them directly and see whether the midwestern representative will be in the area and can come to your school.
- RaiseMe is legit.
I first heard about it from a college rep from Indiana State (one of the participating colleges/universities). Colleges/universities that participate pay to be a part of the program; there is not a cost to students. Students will spend a good amount of time entering their information and selecting which college they are interested in learning more about/potentially attending. The program is essentially an opportunity for students to receive microscholarships provided they are admitted and attend the school offering them. Activities they participate in as well as grades, attendance, etc., can earn various amounts from different colleges and some colleges recognize more activities than others.Even freshman can start an account, maybe find some additional motivation for good grades and positive pro-social activities.
- When I was learning about it during my internship, I did have one student who was using it. One of her selected schools already had a promise of $3000 (provided she met other requirements for admission) for her portfolio of activities/ grades and she was a sophomore.
- I like it. I have only been using it for a little over a year myself. My students are saying that even if they don’t choose one of the scholarships/schools, it is helping them connect the link between activities, grades, test scores, etc. & how much money they can get in scholarships from colleges. So that in itself has been a win for me.
- Useful and legitimate. Very easy to use for the students.
- I haven’t used it, but last year I attended an IUPUI counselor workshop, and they said it is legitimate (IUPUI and counselors in the room). How they explained it (briefly) is that it basically will tell you what your financial aid package will look like based off your Grades/GPA/Rigor/Financial Status/Student Involvement/Etc. So it is not additional money you receive on top of your financial aid package, but rather a vision of what you can anticipate to receive. Again, we haven’t used it yet, but we thought it sounded awesome!
- Raise.me Counselor Talk responses (October 2017)
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