Raise.me Scholarship

The Raise.me Scholarship is a pilot program that encourages high school students to begin thinking about and working toward college as early as their ninth grade year. High school students who might otherwise not be able to consider KU can add achievements and become eligible to earn micro-scholarships.

Raise.me is available to incoming freshmen who enroll at any time, and it cannot be combined with any other renewable KU scholarships. Students who qualify for multiple scholarship offers will receive only one offer at the higher funding level.

Scholarship amount

  • $1,000 per year for Kansas students
  • $4,000 per year for out-of-state students

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must not qualify for additional KU renewable scholarships and must meet criteria listed below.

Kansas students

To be eligible, you must

  • have earned at least a 3.25/4.0 GPA
  • have earned at least a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT*
  • 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, Kansas), 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.

Out-of-state students

To be eligible, you must

  • have earned at least a 3.25/4.0 GPA
  • have earned at least a 24 ACT or 1160 SAT*

How to apply

Create an online account through Raise.me, "follow" the University of Kansas, and add individual achievements to your account before Nov. 1 of your senior year. Next, submit your KU admission application by Nov. 1. Accepted students who meet all the criteria will receive the Raise.me Scholarship.

How much does it cost?

Creating a portfolio through Raise.me is free for high school students and counselors.

When should I start?

Now! If you're a 9th-12th grade student, you can participate at any time. You can retroactively add achievements earned in previous years, starting with your freshman year. High school seniors must submit an admission application to KU and have completed their student profile on Raise.me by Nov. 1.

Why is my Kansas high school not a participating school?

Raise.me is a pilot program for KU, and a select group of schools were chosen for this test. However, the process and eligibility requirements will be re-evaluated each year.

Renewal criteria

To be eligible for renewal, you must complete 30 KU hours and earn a cumulative 3.25 KU GPA.

*All references to SAT scores refer to math and evidence-based reading and writing from tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

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Application Deadlines

for Spring 2018

Must apply by January 9, 2018

 

for Summer 2018

Must apply by May 29, 2018

 

for Fall 2018

Must apply by August 13, 2018

 

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