The Cedar Rapids Community School District will be a pilot district for the University of Iowa’s “Iowa for All 99” program and today hosted a special launch event at Jefferson High School to help announce the UI’s partnership with the Raise.me scholarship platform. The program is intended to encourage and improve college readiness among Iowa high school students.
Using Raise.me, high school students from select school districts in each of Iowa’s 99 counties will be eligible to earn up to a total of $1,200 in “micro-scholarships” to attend the UI by meeting certain criteria, such as achieving an A or a B grade in select math classes or being involved in arts, athletics or other extra-curricular programs. The goal of the program is to encourage students to take rigorous courses and get involved in school activities, all while saving for future college expenses.
“Even if they ultimately decide not to attend the University of Iowa, participating students will be better prepared for success at any post-secondary institution,” said Brent Gage, UI associate vice president for enrollment management.
The Cedar Rapids Community School District is one of the districts that will be participating in the project.
“In the Cedar Rapids schools we are focused on preparing students for their future,” explained Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck. “A program that encourages and motivates students to take even more rigorous high school course work and also provides college funding is a natural fit with our efforts.”
The high schools selected for the four-year pilot project are from the district in each county with the highest Free and Reduced Lunch percentage, based on 2015-16 data from the Iowa Department of Education.
The micro-scholarship platform is a partnership between the UI and Raise.me, with the support of Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The platform gives students instant feedback on their accomplishments, helping to motivate and provide them with preparation they need to meet college admission guidelines.
For more information about the micro-scholarships or Raise.me, go to admissions.uiowa.edu/all99 or to www.raise.me.