RaiseMe Expands Innovative Performance-Based Scholarship Platform To Serve Community College Students
New program will provide scholarship funding and degree pathway planning for community college students interested in transferring to four-year institutions
BOSTON – Thursday, September 14, 2017 – RaiseMe, the college preparedness platform that enables students to earn scholarships directly from colleges for their progress throughout high school, announced today at the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Annual Conference that it will introduce its performance-based scholarship program to a new group of four-year degree hopefuls: community college students.
Since its launch in 2014, RaiseMe’s approach has helped over 800,000 high school students make strides towards their postsecondary education ambitions. The new expanded offering, which takes aim at the fact that 4 in 5 community college students intend to pursue a four-year degree but only 1 in 4 eventually transfer to four-year institutions, will make RaiseMe’s scholarship structure available to community college students during their community college years.
Community college students on RaiseMe will be able to earn scholarships incrementally for their academic and extracurricular progress during their time at two-year community college institutions. One such scholarship moves beyond traditional measures of student success, awarding students who are veterans or in active duty for their military service. Additionally, partnering four-year institutions on RaiseMe will have the opportunity to provide degree pathways for community college transfer candidates, helping guide students towards successful baccalaureate degree completion.
“We’re proud of the educational opportunities that RaiseMe’s existing college partnerships have already provided to hundreds of thousands of college-bound high school students, ” said Preston Silverman, CEO and Co-Founder of RaiseMe. “By extending the platform to serve transfer students, community college-goers will now be able to carve out even more tangible and affordable paths to a four-year degree.”
RaiseMe’s new offering for community college students comes at a time when many states are increasingly passing legislation to make community college tuition free for residents. Meanwhile, many community college systems are also gradually adopting performance-based funding contingent on degree completion and student success rates. As community college students prepare to transition to four-year institutions, RaiseMe’s new tool will help students save time and money in discovering right-fit universities and colleges, while introducing new-found affordability and transparency into the transfer and financial aid processes at four-year institutions.
Currently, more than 265 colleges, including Arizona State University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, Northeastern, Tulane and Georgia Tech award scholarships to high school students through RaiseMe. Now, four-year institutions will have the opportunity to offer both high school and community college transfer students on RaiseMe the ability to earn performance-based scholarships from their institution. A pilot program, which launched with Arizona State University and Florida International University in the summer, will expand to a select group of current RaiseMe college partners this fall, including Texas Tech University, with a wider rollout planned for spring 2018.
“Arizona State University has long dedicated its resources to ensuring that all community college students within the state of Arizona have an affordable path to a four-year degree”, said Matt Lopez, Executive Director of Admissions Services at Arizona State University. “RaiseMe’s streamlined online platform and innovative method of distributing scholarships has made it a clear solution to help us fulfill our mission, both for tens of thousands of high school students and now for a new crop of community college transfers.”
For more information about RaiseMe’s offering for community college students, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cecilia Xia, Communications Manager
RaiseMe is on a mission to expand access to higher education by transforming the way billions of dollars in college scholarships are distributed each year. Rather than waiting until the end of high school or community college to award scholarships, which is too late to impact students college ambitions or application decisions, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school or community college, based on their individual progress and development. Whether it’s excelling academically, volunteering in the community, or leading a club, students on RaiseMe receive scholarships based on their unique skills and experience. Since launching in the fall of 2014, students in 1 out of every 2 high schools in America have earned over $1 billion in scholarships from 265+ colleges, including Arizona State University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, Northeastern, Tulane and Georgia Tech.