Raise.me was developed to give students the ability to accumulate scholarships starting in ninth grade, the program encourages students’ personal development while showing them how to become a more competitive applicant for any college.
The University of Kansas collaborated with Raise.me to pilot the program with select Kansas high schools. The program helps students in grades 9-12, who might otherwise not be able to consider KU. When students add achievements to their Raise.me portfolio, they become eligible to earn micro-scholarships to help fund their KU education.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start?
Students begin by creating an account online through Raise.me. Once the account is established, students must follow the University of Kansas and add individual achievements in and out of the classroom.
How much does it cost?
Raise.me is free to use for high school students and high schools. High school seniors must submit a complete undergraduate admission application to KU by November 1. The deadline to create an account with Raise.me and complete the student profile for KU is also November 1.
When can I start?
Students currently enrolled in 9 – 12 grades can participate. If a student is currently in 10, 11 or 12 grade, they can retroactively complete their high school portfolio with achievements earned in previous years, going back to the 9th grade.
Can I combine Raise.me scholarships with other KU scholarships?
Raise.me scholarships are not stackable with scholarships on grid, but rather a way for students to work towards KU scholarships. If a student does not earn a KU scholarship based on the scholarship grid, the student must meet the following criteria to receive the minimum scholarship:
- Be a Kansas resident graduating from one of the participating Kansas high schools:
- Liberal High School, Garden City High School, Dodge City High School, Goodland High School, Ulysses High School, Leavenworth High School, Junction City High School, Oskaloosa High School, Pleasanton High School, Wichita East High School, Wichita Heights High School, Wichita North High School, Wichita Northwest High School, Wichita South High School, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita West High School, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School, Topeka High School, Topeka West High School, Washburn Rural High School, Shawnee Heights High School, Highland Park High School, Seaman High School, Silver Lake High School, Rossville High School, Perry-LeCompton High School, Jefferson West High School, McClouth High School, Mission Valley High School, St. Marys High School (St Marys KS), Turner High School, Washington High School, Piper High School, Sumner Academy High School, Wyandotte High School, JC Harmon High School and FL Schlagle High School
- Have earned at least a 3.25 high school GPA, and
- Have earned a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT.
- If a student meets these requirements, they can receive a four-year renewable $1,000 Jayhawk Scholarship.
- Have earned at least a 3.25 high school GPA and
- Have earned a 24 ACT or 1160 SAT.
- If a student meets these requirements, they can receive a four-year renewable $4,000 KU Achievement Scholarship.
Why is my Kansas high school not a participating school?
This is a pilot program for KU and each year, KU will evaluate its processes.