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Incredible Scholarship Opportunity for Medford Students and Families!

Dear Parents and Students,

As the cost of higher education becomes more and more costly, the Guidance Department is extremely excited to offer a resource to make college more affordable for you and your students.

Through a new program called raise.me, your student can automatically earn scholarships from colleges each time he or she achieves any of the following goals in school:

– Get an A in a course ($100 – $1,000)

– Get a B in a course ($50 – $600)

– Participate in a school club or sport ($25 – $250)

– Volunteer or provide community service

– And, much, much more.

What’s incredibly exciting, is that your student can earn scholarships for activities that typically are not recognized by colleges, such as baby-sitting, working part time, and helping out in the community.

Medford is among the first High Schools in the country to take advantage of this opportunity, which is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. colleges.

Here is how you can best support your student to get the most from this opportunity:

1) Ensure that your student creates an account by clicking on this link (which will also earn you a $100 scholarship!)

2) Make sure you select “Medford High” as your High School.

3) Regularly add good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her raise.me “Portfolio” in order to earn “Micro-Scholarships” from colleges. Your student is eligible to receive scholarship money for each achievement from the start of 9th grade until midway through 12th grade.

4) Visit www.raise.me/parents for more information.

For more information, see this recent article.

We hope using raise.me will make your student’s path to college both more fun and affordable.

If you have questions, I encourage you to contact Tim Klein at tklein@medford.k12.ma.us or send an email to support@raise.me. Increasing numbers of public and private colleges continue to join the raise.me program. Colleges are added on a monthly basis and you can request colleges at any time. Your student will automatically get related Micro-Scholarships from all new colleges as they become available.

Sincerely,

The Guidance Department