CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has partnered with RaiseMe, an online platform and mobile app used by over 250 colleges and universities and more than 800,000 students nationwide, that allows students to earn scholarship dollars based on their achievements throughout high school. Iowa resident students who have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above and demonstrate financial need from their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) have the opportunity to earn up to a maximum of $500 per year, and $2,000 if renewed for four years.
As part of this partnership, local high school students with financial need who complete either the CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Program at Cedar Falls High School or the CTE (Career Technical Education) Pathways Program at Waterloo Schools can earn $250 (up to $1,000 over four years) through UNI’s program on RaiseMe. Current high school seniors must complete their profile and follow UNI on RaiseMe and submit their application for admission and FAFSA to UNI by the Dec. 1 earning deadline.
"We love this partnership with UNI," said Jane Lindaman, superintendent of Waterloo Schools. "Our students will get critical support they need to focus on college and its costs. When students see themselves as future college students, whether at 1, 2 or 4-year institutions, it sets them on a path to becoming successful college students. We appreciate this support for our students, and we are especially grateful for the partnership with the Waterloo Career Center."
"We thank the University of Northern Iowa for this great opportunity for our students," said Ethan Wiechmann, Cedar Falls CAPS lead instructor. "This type of commitment from UNI shows the importance and impact of a CAPS experience. CAPS is an amazing program, which changes students’ lives through passion and purpose. UNI's continued support and recognition of the CAPS program as a host site and through scholarship dollars will have a great impact on students in the Cedar Valley."
Recognizing that some students may not demonstrate financial need, all CAPS and CTE Pathways completers will receive at least $250 (up to $1,000 if renewed for four years) if they enroll at UNI. Students must submit their application for admission and scholarship application to UNI by Jan. 15 and must identify on UNI’s scholarship application that they will be a CAPS or CTE Pathways completer.
"These local students are going above and beyond in their high school studies," said Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management at UNI. "These programs attract a diverse array of students from the Cedar Valley and both are helping prepare for their future in a big way. We want to honor their work and preparation for future success, as students and citizens.”
For more information about RaiseMe and to follow UNI's RaiseMe profile, visit finaid.uni.edu/raiseme.