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RaiseMe is a unique platform that allows you to earn "micro-scholarships" for the things that you already do! When you create a free account you can follow colleges and universities that interest you and see what they offer for your accomplishments. You can earn money for things like getting an A, taking an AP class, playing a sport, attending a college fair and much more! Start earning as early as the 9th grade and whatever you accumulate during your high school career will be the minimum guaranteed scholarship towards that specific college once you've been accepted (admission is not guaranteed).

Please note

Be aware that not all scholarship sites are looking out for the students' best interests. Remember applying for scholarships should be FREE!  If any site asks you for a credit card number, you’re not in the right place.  If you have any doubts, ask your counselor or stop by the Career Center.

Scholarship Opportunities


Paying for college may seem daunting, but luckily there are MILLIONS of scholarships out there just waiting for smart, talented, young people like you!  There are scholarships for academics, athletics, cultural backgrounds, hobbies/interests, preparing for the zombie apocalypse... seriously!  There is something for everybody. 

Here's a list of scholarships that I've compiled over the last year. Keep in mind that most scholarships are open during the Spring but there are some that open early so make sure to check back often! This list is organized by the deadline to make it easier for you to prioritize.


Scholarship Master List 2020-2021

Scholarships for undocumented/AB-540 eligible students

Scholarships for military connected families

Scholarships for HBCU's from UNCF

50 Scholarships for HBCU's



writing your scholarship essay


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Many scholarships ask you to write an essay as part of the application process as a means to get to know you; this gives you a chance to convince them of why you deserve the award over other applicants.

Some Tips for Writing your Essay

If you need help writing or proofreading your essay, bring it in to the Career Center to have someone read it and give feedback.


Letters of Recommendation


Letters of recommendation from your teachers and others (coaches, counselors, club advisors, etc.) are an important part of applications for scholarships, colleges and universities and jobs or internships. We want to tell the world how good of a student you are, but there are some guidelines...

  • Make a face-to-face request at least 3 weeks before the recommendation due date. It is in your best interest to give recommenders the time necessary to write a good letter.


  • Provide recommenders with a Brag Sheet. A brag sheet is similar to a student resume; it highlights your accomplishments, experiences and employment during high school. It is intended to give the recommender something to draw from while writing your letter of recommendation, although it is also a good tool for you to use as you start writing personal statements and scholarship essays.


  • If you are expecting to need letters of recommendation for multiple institutions (more than one college, scholarship, internship, etc.) it could be best to ask for a more general letter of recommendation that you can use in all situations.
    • However, there are some cases where institutions will ask that your letters of recommendation include specific information. In this case make sure to provide recommenders with a copy of the request or paperwork from the university, scholarship, etc. so the recommender knows which direction their letter should take.


  • Letters should not be from someone related to you (ever!)


  • A handwritten thank you note to your recommenders is entirely appropriate and much appreciated!