What is a Micro-Scholarship and How Can You Get One?

Trish Sammer Updated on May 21, 2018

You probably know all about traditional scholarships like those for students with good grades, witty essays and unique backgrounds.

But did you know that you can earn smaller scholarships for more attainable goals like earning an A in a class or taking a leadership role on your basketball team? Welcome to the world of micro-scholarships.

scholarshipSilicon Valley start-ups like Raise.me are connecting students with schools to start earning for college right away, just by signing up and logging their achievements.

What is a micro-scholarship?

A micro-scholarship is a scholarship offered online through sites that match students with colleges to earn money towards tuition.

On sites like Raise.me, students sign up and select schools that they are interested in attending.

As you take part in activities that make progress towards high school graduation, you can also earn scholarships from individuals colleges and universities.

What types of micro-scholarships are offered?

Award amounts vary based on activity; one student in Pennsylvania, for example, earned $400 for taking an advanced placement course.

Other micro-scholarships recognize students for their community service, extracurriculars, work experience, for taking a foreign language course, or for visiting a college campus.

How do I qualify?

Students in high school and community college can create an online account with Raise.me and start earning right away. The site gives students credit for past achievements as well as future ones.

In order to get the funds, students must be admitted to and choose to attend the schools offering the micro-scholarships.

More than 250 schools participate from state schools like Penn State, Oklahoma, University of San Diego and Arizona State to private universities like Carnegie Mellon, Oberlin, Tulane and NYU.

Paying for college is often a piecemeal job—savings, grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs are all part of the puzzle.

Add micro-scholarships to the equation and you could not only reduce your debt load, but help to keep yourself on track as you get ready to apply to colleges.

Use our Nitro Scholarship Search Engine to start searching for scholarships now. 

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Trish Sammer

Trish Sammer is Nitro's managing editor. Her work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Redbook, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Forbes. She has also written for various corporate clients, including the tech giant SAP, The Franklin Institute, and PSE&G. When Trish isn’t busy acting as a writing ninja for other people, you can find her … well, writing about other stuff, like divorce and blended family life. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, their combined brood, and the world’s laziest dog. Read more by Trish Sammer

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