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Monday, August 8, 2016

Houghton College Launches New Scholarship Program

Houghton College, in partnership with Raise.me, a social enterprise reinventing how students access financial aid, is offering a new scholarship program to assist high school students pursue their college ambitions.
Through raise.me, students can earn “Micro-Scholarships” towards Houghton tuition for their progress and accomplishments throughout high school, starting as early as ninth grade. Students can earn these “micro-scholarships” for a broad range of achievements, such as taking a leadership role in activities, improving their GPA, or completing certain courses.
In addition to improving access to financial aid, the program allows students to track specific goals they want to accomplish, better preparing them for college.
Raise.me is supported by organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and Facebook.
“We were honored to be approached by raise.me to partner with them in this scholarship program,” said Ryan Spear, Houghton’s director of admission.  “The micro-scholarship model fits well with the admission ethos at Houghton as we seek students who excel academically, and also through their volunteer work and community involvement.”
According to Raise.me, they are 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, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices, Raise.me 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.
Students, educators, and parents can learn more at www.raise.me.