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RaiseMe is a free micro-scholarship platform that helps high school students prepare for college by earning scholarships for achievements during high school. Bennington College is one of over 220 colleges and universities that partner with RaiseMe in order to make the financial aid process more accessible and more predictable. 

High school students—beginning as early as their freshman year—can sign up to receive incremental merit scholarships from Bennington based on grades, extracurriculars, and other achievements. Instead of waiting until the end of the college admissions process to receive a merit scholarship offer, students can earn up to $80,000 in guaranteed merit aid as they progress through their high school education. Any scholarships you earn on RaiseMe will be yours to keep as long as you apply to Bennington, are admitted, and eventually enroll.

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Who can use RaiseMe? And when should I sign up?

Any student enrolled at a US high school (regardless of citizenship) can sign up. Entering your grades and achievements takes minutes, and your merit scholarship package will update instantly. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors can use RaiseMe to plan out their path to college and better understand the college readiness skills that Bennington values in its students. Seniors can join the platform until November 15, which is the deadline to earn scholarships for fall admission the following year.

How do I get started?

Create an account, and follow Bennington College. Start earning micro-scholarships by adding achievements to your portfolio such as courses and grades, extracurricular activities, and leadership positions. Here are some examples:

  • Get an A
  • Maintain a high GPA
  • Take an AP or IB class
  • Participate in an extracurricular activity
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Visit campus

Is RaiseMe free?

RaiseMe is always free for high school students. The operational costs of the platform are covered by college partners like Bennington College, each of which pays a fee to be represented on RaiseMe.

How much money can I earn from Bennington College on RaiseMe?

Students can earn up to $60,000 in merit scholarship, to be divided over four years.

How do I receive this scholarship from Bennington College?

You must follow Bennington College on RaiseMe, apply by January 15, be offered first-year admission, and enroll in order to receive your RaiseMe scholarship. Only achievements added to your portfolio by our earning deadline, November 15 of your senior year, will be included in your scholarship.

If I earn merit scholarships through RaiseMe, will I still be considered for other forms of merit and need-based aid?

Yes, every student who applies to Bennington is considered for general need-based and merit-based aid during the admissions process as long as they indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for financial aid. For students who have earned scholarships on RaiseMe, those scholarships become a guaranteed minimum level of merit aid. That means that you can earn more from us during the regular financial aid process, but never less.

How often should I update my portfolio?

We recommend updating your RaiseMe portfolio frequently. Adding achievements to your portfolio will instantly earn you micro-scholarships.

Can I earn micro-scholarships for achievements from earlier in high school?

 Yes, we encourage you to retroactively add achievements to your portfolio from as early as 9th grade.

Are these scholarships awarded by Bennington College or by RaiseMe?

RaiseMe scholarship money comes from Bennington College’s existing pool of merit aid. RaiseMe is simply a new way of distributing those same scholarship funds—one which makes the process more accessible and more transparent. The micro-scholarships you earn through RaiseMe are awarded by Bennington College upon first-year admission and enrollment. RaiseMe does not award scholarships directly.

Can I use the Bennington College scholarship I earn through RaiseMe to pay the cost of attending another college?

No, all RaiseMe micro-scholarships are institution-specific and cannot be transferred to other colleges.

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