A new start-up fund in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering scholarship funds to high school students who complete specific tasks that aim to help them develop as individuals and become more attractive college applicants. Students can sign up for the program starting as early as their freshman year and as late as the first semester of their senior year. Some examples of tasks that students can complete to earn scholarship money include:
Taking an honors course (colleges pay $50 to $1,000 per class)
Getting an A ($85 to $1,000 per class)
Perfect attendance for a year ($50 to $200 per year)
Volunteering in your community ($7 to $75 an hour)
Taking an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course ($50 to $1,250 per course)
Participating in a sport ($25 to $250 a year)
Taking on a leadership role in an extracurricular activity ($50 to $1,000 a year)
More than 100 colleges and universities including the University of Dayton, Denison University, and Tulane University have joined or are in the process of joining Raise.me Each college offers a different scholarship amount for various activities. Scholarship funds raised for one college cannot be transferred for use at other schools.
The founders of Raise.me are especially interested in helping students from low-income families save money for college, but the program is available to any high school student who wants to earn scholarship money. Visit www.raise.me
for more information.